September 11th is a day of somber remembrance for most Americans. On this day in 2001, the United States suffered a series of four coordinated suicide terrorist attacks by the terrorist group al-Qaeda that destroyed the World Trade Center Towers in New York City, blew a hole in the Pentagon and crashed a jet in a Pennsylvania field. All told 2,977 people died that morning; another 6,000 were injured. The horrifying images of that day are easily recalled even 15 years later.
Beginning in 2002, September 11th has been marked as Patriot Day – a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Flags are flown at half-staff. A moment of silence is observed at 8:46am ET, corresponding with the time the first plane struck the North Tower on September 11, 2001.
Opportunities to remember and honor the heroes and those who perished that day are provided right here in Lee County.
On Saturday, September 10th at 7:15pm, the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District will hold a short ceremony at Fort Myers Beach Fire Station 33, 121 Lenell Road. The front courtyard of the station contains steel from one of the towers and a timeline of events on 9-11. All are welcome.
On Sunday, September 11th a Remembrance Ceremony will be held in downtown Fort Myers involving Lee County first responders. The public is welcome. The ceremony will begin at 8:30am at the Harborside Event Center, 1375 Monroe Street, Fort Myers.
The American Legion Post 274 will hold a flag raising ceremony at 10am on Sunday, September 11th at their location, 899 Buttonwood. All are welcome. 463-6591.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10097 will hold a flag ceremony at 11am Sunday, September 11th at 17770 Pine Ridge Road. The public is invited. 466-6400.