City planning ceremony to commemorate 9/11


On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States suffered an attack unlike any the world had ever seen before or has seen since.

A total of 2,977 people were killed when terrorists hijacked three planes, crashing two into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and one into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers onboard overtook the terrorists and foiled their plan to crash into the White House or the Capitol building.

At 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11, the city of Seymour will mark the 20th anniversary of that day with a public ceremony at Shields Park near the bandstand.

The ceremony will last less than an hour and include music, speakers and prayer. The Seymour Fire Department will present the flags, and there will be two moments of silence, one to signal when the first tower was hit and the second for the second tower.

To pay tribute to those lives taken, 2,977 flags will be placed in the park by local Boy Scouts before the ceremony.

Seymour Mayor Matt Nicholson and Fire Chief Brad Lucas will serve as speakers.

“I feel that it is very important to commemorate Sept. 11 on the 20th anniversary of the tragedy to remind everyone, not only of the many lives that were lost that day but also of how it changed our everyday lives in so many ways,” Lucas said. “Many of the firefighters I am hiring today were too young to remember the tragedy that day. They need to hear the story.”

Bleachers will be set up, but people may bring lawn chairs for seating, too.

Masks and social distancing are recommended. The ceremony also will be broadcast live on 92.7 Nash Icon WXKU and 99.3 WZZB.

Nicholson encourages families to use the ceremony as a way to open communications with kids about 9/11.

“My hope for this ceremony is that it will open a conversation for adults with their children who were not here for 9/11 20 years ago and allow them to share memories and feelings from that day,” he said. “Our kids have seen footage and heard stories from across the country, but have you ever told them where you were that morning?”

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