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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: An American flag is left at the North pool memorial site before a commemoration ceremony for the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks at the National September 11 Memorial, September 11, 2017 in New York City. In New York City and throughout the United States, the country is marking the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It is so hard to believe that Saturday will be the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Everyone remembers where they were on that day.

For me, I was in elementary school, and I remember all the teachers kept going out in the halls to talk with other teachers. Then, when lunch time came about, we weren’t allowed to take our usual outdoor route to the lunchroom. Eventually my mom picked me up from school early, and I finally saw on TV what awful events had been taking place that morning. Even as a child, I knew the impact of that day.

Saturday is a day to remember all those incredible souls that we lost on that tragic day, and to pay our respects. If you choose to pay your respects with others, here are a few area events going on to honor those we lost on 9/11.


Flags of Remembrance

  • Romare Bearden Park
  • The public is invited to help place the 2,977 flags in the shape of the World Trade Center Tower Friday, September 10 beginning at 8 a.m.and attend the Sept. 11 flag ceremony, starting at 8:30 a.m.


Celebration of First Responders

  • Truist Field
  • This annual baseball game aims to honor first responders, and the fallen heroes of Sept. 11. In addition to the game, the event will feature performances by Charlotte Fire Department Fire and Drums and a postgame fireworks show.

Patriot Day Memorial Service in Rock Hill

  • Rock Hill is inviting all to a day of remembrance in downtown Rock Hill Saturday as the town remembers the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The service will be held on the Hampton Street side of City Hall (155 Johnston Street) near the flag poles beginning at 8:45 a.m.


9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

  • Veterans Memorial Garden
  • The event will take place at Veterans Memorial Garden on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m.


We will never forget!

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