Friday, Sep. 14, 2012
Remembering 9-11: Veterans and children mark 11th anniversary of attacks
First responders, veterans, parents and children remembered the events of 9-11 Tuesday with a flag-raising ceremony watched by young and old.
Kindergartners to Korean War veterans watched Fire Chief Chet Guintini raise the American flag outside Volta Elementary School.
American Legion Post 166 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2487 saluted as onlookers said the pledge of allegiance and sang both the national anthem and Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A."
The anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks is sometimes called Patriots Day. The local veterans groups also placed flags around town, for a fee.
On that day in 2001, 19 hijackers affiliated with al-Qaida flew planes into the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth plane headed to the U.S. Capitol crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa.
A total of 2,974 -- including more than 300 foreign nationals -- were killed in the attacks.
In 2011, officials said more than 18,000 people were still suffering from illnesses related to the dust cloud left by the crumbling twin towers.
-- Thaddeus Miller