COVER: San Marcos firefighters post the colors at half-staff in last year’s ceremony using the flag that flew over City Hall on Sept. 11, 2001. The public is invited to a special remembrance ceremony this Tuesday, Sept. 11. Pictured left to right, are M.O. Orichuela, Brian Quackenbush, Barrett Barbour and Tory Turner. PHOTO by DON ANDERS.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
The city of San Marcos will hold the annual 9-11 remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 to honor the memory of the 3,000 people who died in the worst terrorist attack in the nation’s history.
The commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the tragic day will be held at the Fire Bell at City Hall, 630 E. Hopkins, with city officials and the San Marcos fire and police departments. The public is invited to place flowers in the 9-11 Memorial Wreath beside the Fire Bell in front of City Hall.
Mayor Daniel Guerrero will preside at the event with an honor guard from the San Marcos Fire Department established by the San Marcos Professional Firefighters Association.
The program will include a flag ceremony, tolling of the bell, reading of a proclamation by Mayor Guerrero, and a moment of silence.
Each year on this date, the San Marcos Fire Department conducts a flag ceremony using the same U.S. flag that flew over San Marcos City Hall on September 11, 2001.
The ceremony commemorates 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 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. About 3,000 people perished in all.