Sunday marks 21 years since that fateful September morning, a day that will forever live in historical infamy. Those of a certain age and older who recall the 2001 tragedy often have a personal story to tell about where they were on 9/11 and the details that they remember from it as they watched the horror unfold.
Ceremonies and events in the Twin Cities, across the region, and beyond this weekend will mark the somber occasion and give the public the opportunity to pay their respects to the nearly 3,000 people who perished that day, and even more souls in the wake, including firefighters, police, and first responders, of which 206 were from Massachusetts.
Lowell Mayor Sokhary Chau said the city “held a nice, somber” ceremony Friday morning at the high school complete with songs from the students, the pledge of allegiance, and city fire and police personnel, the latter of which brought police academy cadets.
“We go to a lot of these ceremonies, but I thought this morning was very, very special,” Chau said Friday.
Last year saw some well-attended 20th anniversary ceremonies, including a reverent and meaningful one held at Johnny Ro Veteran’s Memorial Park in Leominster that drew a large crowd. Veterans and their family, police and fire, and citizens gathered together to honor the fallen at the event that featured speakers, music selections and the Veterans Chorus, and Gold Star mothers placing wreaths.
Area 9/11 remembrances:
A 9/11 memorial event is scheduled for Sunday at 8:30 a.m. in Monument Square downtown Leominster. There will be limited seating, attendees are asked to bring a lawn chair.
The annual 9/11 ceremony at the Middlesex Global War on Terrorism monument, 1 Hollis St., Pepperell, which was erected for the post 9/11 era, will be held at 9:45 a.m. and will include a roll call of all first responders who died that day.
A short vigil will be held at 9:55 a.m. on Sunday morning at all firehouses statewide including Fitchburg Fire Department headquarters at 33 North St. and Leominster Fire Department, 19 Church St.
A free cookout for veterans and their family will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at Johnny Ro Veteran’s Memorial Park, 720 Mechanic St., Leominster, an annual tradition.