NEW YORK – Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony.
As in past years, thousands were gathering at the World Trade Center site in New York, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., to read the names of nearly 3,000 victims killed in the worst terror attack in U.S. history.
Flags at government buildings are flying at half-staff today, and the nation observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.
Residents are invited to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Firefighters Memorial of Allen County at 1001 N. Wells St.
The Fort Wayne Fire Department and Allen County Public Safety encourage residents to place an American flag in the grassy area behind the memorial to remember those who were killed in the attacks.
There will be no formal ceremony. Flags will be available at the memorial from 5 to 8 p.m. Fort Wayne Fire and Police Pipe and Drum Corps members will be playing at 7 p.m.
The memorial site will also serve as a drop-off location for people wishing to donate items for troops overseas. Lendingahand.net will collect donated items that will be shipped directly to troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Items donated Tuesday at the Law Enforcement Firefighters Memorial will be sent to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. What is needed:
Feminine hygiene items
Chap Stick with sunscreen, Carmex, Blistex
Foot powder, socks
K-Cups (coffee sampler packs, tea, cider and cocoa)
Ground coffee (not instant)
Cold drink mixes – Gatorade, Crystal Lite, Kool Aid or the individual flavor straws you add to bottled water
Sunflower seeds and nuts
Individual snacks like chips, crackers, cookies, cheese/cracker kits
Peanut butter and jelly (small-size plastic jars)
Beef jerky/Slim Jims
DVDs (no Blu-Rays)