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September 8th, 2008
Remembrance ceremony set for Sept. 11

From the city of San Marcos

The San Marcos community is invited to attend the September 11 Remembrance Ceremony in front of City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins St., on Thursday, Sept. 11 beginning at 8:45 a.m. honoring those lives lost in the terrorist attacks of 2001.

Everyone is invited to bring flowers that may be placed throughout the day in the 9-11 Memorial Wreath beside the Fire Bell in front of City Hall.

On the seventh anniversary of this tragic day, the ceremony will commemorate those who lost their lives on the hijacked American Flight 11, United Flight 175, American Flight 77, and United Flight 93, and the firefighters, police officers, EMS personnel, citizens, and volunteers who died when the towers burned and crumbled, and those who died in the heroic rescue efforts.

At 9 a.m. the “Tolling of the Bell Ceremony,” three sets of five (5-5-5) will be sounded by a firefighter.

Following the Tolling of the Bell Ceremony, San Marcos Fire Rescue will hold a flag ceremony using the U.S. flag that few over San Marcos City Hall on September 11, 2001. The flag has been preserved to fly only on the anniversary of the terrorist attack in New York, Pennsylvania and near Washington, D.C.
Mayor Susan Narvaiz will then ask that everyone observe one minute of silence.

At 8:45 a.m. American Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.   In the ensuing terrorist attacks, a second hijacked aircraft, Flt. 175 struck the south tower of the World Trade Center in Manhattan at 9:03 a.m., a third airplane, Flt 77 struck the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. at 9:43 a.m., and a fourth aircraft, Flt. 93 crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m. after passengers wrestled control from the hijackers.  Approximately 3,000 people perished in all.

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