9/11 Photo

Raising the Flag at Ground Zero is a photograph by Thomas E. Franklin of The Record newspaper of Bergen County, New Jersey, taken on September 11, 2001.

September 11 will mark the twentieth anniversary of a horrific day in the United States. It is suggested for the nation to observe six moments of silence. Most everyone who is able to remember back 20 years ago, can share exactly where they were when our great nation was attacked. Now 20 years later, thousands of lives still live with the grief and heartache caused in a blink of an eye by terrorists against our nation.

At the September 11 Memorial and Museum there will be a ceremony held where families and loved ones will gather as the 2,977 names of those who were lost that day are read aloud by family members in-person. Throughout the ceremony, there will be six moments of silence, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell and the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93.

Houses of worship across the nation are encouraged to toll their bells at the following times of silence.

The first moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m. when hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower. The others will be at 9:03 a.m. when hijackers deliberately crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower, 9:37 a.m. when Hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C., at 9:59 a.m. the South Tower collapsed, then at 10:03 a.m., after learning of the other attacks, passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 launched a counterattack on hijackers aboard their plane to try to seize control of the aircraft. In response, the hijackers crashed the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania and 10:28 a.m. when the North Tower collapsed, leaving the 16-acre World Trade Center site in ruins and collateral damage affecting all adjacent properties and streets. The rescue effort commenced immediately.