Communities pause to remember, honor lives lost on 9/11

Monday marks 22 years since the terrorist attacks in New York City.
Outside of Charlotte, several other events are planned throughout the region.
Published: Sep. 11, 2023 at 5:46 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2023 at 12:23 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - On Monday morning, people across the country paused to remember the 9/11 attacks that happened 22 years ago.

Over the weekend, dozens of people, including firefighters, participated in the Charlotte 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Truist Field. Each participant climbed the equivalent of 110 stories, exactly how many were in the World Trade Centers.

Across the day, there were other events commemorating those who died in the attacks.

First responders and community members will come together for the Flags of Remembrance ceremony at 8 a.m at Romare Bearden Park. The ceremony honors and remembers all who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

At the park, volunteers placed 2,977 flags in the shape of the Twin Towers, each one representing a person lost that day.

The ceremony has become a tradition in Uptown, hosted by Firefighter Steve Coakley Foundation. Bill Fountain, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, will speak at this year’s event.

Outside of Charlotte, several other events are planned throughout the region.

At 8:30 a.m., the Town of Cornelius hosted its annual Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony at Fire Station No. 1 on Main Street. The ceremony began with a prayer and then a moment of silence. It ended with a dedication to a local first responder and veteran who lost their life to injuries sustained during the 9/11 attack.

A memorial walk was also scheduled to take place in Mooresville at 9 a.m. at the Town Hall on North Main Street.

In Hickory, a 110-mile motorcycle ‘Ride to Remember’ started at 10 a.m. at Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson.

Related: Flags of Remembrance on display at Romare Bearden Park

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