There are several events taking place in the Las Vegas valley commemorating the victims of 9/11. Ceremonies will be held to honour thousands who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, when 19 men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial aeroplanes bound for west coast destinations. A total of 2,977 people were killed on that day in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania. The attack was organised and executed by terrorist group AL Qaeda under the leadership of Osama bin Laden.
At the World Trade Centre in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed after hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the north and south towers of the world trade centre. Of those who lost their lives, 343 were firefighters, 23 police officers and 37 port authorities. Moreover, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon in Washington after hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. The last terrorist attack which took place on that day occurred in Pennsylvania, were 40 passengers and crew members of United Airlines Flight 93 all died as the plane crashed into a field. Up till July of this year, only 60% of the victims have been positively identified.
Events honouring those who died on 9/11
Valley High School’s JROTC Program
The event will start at 6:30 a.m on Wednesday but is not open to the public. During the event, students will hold their annual rededication ceremony in remembrance of the victims, including one of the school’s foreign language teacher, Barbara Edwards, who was a passenger on America Airlines Flight 77 which crashed into the Pentagon on the day. The ceremony will include flag raising and a speech from the principal and will be attended by all students and staff members.
The Las Vegas Fire Department will carry on with its tradition of honouring those who lost their lives on 9/11 with a special ceremony at Fire State 5, which will include the ringing of the bells at 6:50 a.m. Tolling of the bells or ringing the bells in sets of five, three times indicate that a firefighter was killed on duty. Moreover, during the ceremony, a retired firefighter who was at the World Trade Centre on the day will sing the national anthem. The ceremony is open for public.
The annual 9/11 march The annual march in downtown Las Vegas will begin at 7 p.m on September 11, starting at Main Street. The march will stop for 10 minutes at 1st Street for a moment of silence followed by the national anthem. During the March people will be able to watch the Fremont Street Experience 9/11 memorial show. At 7:15 p.m the march will head to 3rd street and later towards Ogden. Finally, the march will conclude at Hog and Heifers. The march is a public event and all Las Vegas residents and visitors are encouraged to participate.