20th Anniversary of 9-11 Commemoration Ceremony Planned

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This Saturday will mark 20 years since the hijackings and terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked that day. Two were flown into the Twin Towers in New York City, one was flown into the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers stormed the cockpit to try and retake control of the plane from the hijackers. 2977 lives were lost that day, including 344 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers.

To remember the events and victims of that day and to pay tribute to our own first responders who protect and serve us every day, the Town of Jonesville, Union County Sheriff’s Office, County of Union, City of Union Public Safety, and the Union County Chamber of Commerce came together to create a remembrance ceremony. The event will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday at Union County Stadium.

Neil McKeown, head of the Union County Detention Center, also serves as Chairman of the 9/11 Event Committee. McKeown told WBCU News a little about the speaker and the event:

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A silent walk and 5K will follow the ceremony. If you haven’t registered yet, you can do that outside the stadium Saturday morning. The cost to register is $25. McKeown said some firefighters and even some civilians will be attempting a 9-11 memorial stair climb, as they try to replicate the steps the firefighters took to climb the 110 stories of the World Trade Center—roughly 2200 steps.

Neil McKeown
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