LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Flags are flown at half staff and local ceremonies are being held to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
St. Agnes School in Avon put on a special ceremony at the traffic circle outside their school Friday morning.
“It was a wonderful ceremony,” said Avon Village Mayor Tom Freeman. “Dr. Ben has always done a great job for the past 14 years coordinating this. There was beautiful singing, the kids read a poem, there were blessings, and you couldn’t get a nicer morning for it. It was very impressive.”
Livingston County Sheriff Thomas Dougherty was the featured guest speaker. The Patriot Guard Riders rode their motorcycles twice around the traffic circle in the village.
On this day, which was clear and sunny just like today, Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked three commercial passenger planes and carried out coordinated suicide attacks against the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing everyone on board the planes and nearly 3,000 people on the ground.
According to an in-depth timeline of events by history.com, the north and south towers of the World Trade Center were struck at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m.
At 10:07 a.m., a fourth plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field, killing all on board, after passengers and crew heroically attempted to take control of the plane from the hijackers.
The GeneseeSun.com remembers the heroic civilians, families, first responders, and military men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on this day in 2001.