Dover Post, Del.
Sep. 9—Two decades have passed since the fatal terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, which claimed the lives of 2,997 people and injured thousands more. Even now, the remains of victims are still being identified.
Though Delaware was not directly hit by one of the four deadly plane crashes, its residents still felt the consequences. Several Delawareans were killed in the attacks, including Robert Fangman, a flight attendant on the hijacked United Airlines flight 175; first responders Mark Whitford and Jimmy Riches; and Matthew Flocco, who worked at the Pentagon.
Now, 20 years later, several memorial ceremonies and events to honor those killed on 9/11 are planned this weekend in Delaware. Whether you prefer to attend events in person or online, here are some ways to commemorate the anniversary this weekend.
In a nod to the vigil of yellow ribbons on the University of Delaware Green following the initial attacks, students and community members are invited to write memorial messages to be displayed on The Green this Friday.
Newark Mayor Jerry Clifton will speak outside of the nearby Memorial Hall at 9 a.m. on Sept. 10. Local police departments will also present a joint color guard. For more information, visit the university’s website.
Dover International Speedway and the Blood Bank of Delmarva will host their 16th annual 9/11 memorial blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Participants will be entered in regular drawings for tickets to next year’s NASCAR races at the speedway.
The Milton Fire Department and Broadkiln VFW Post 6984 will host a memorial service on Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. in Milton Park. Broadkiln VFW is part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Delaware.
On the morning of the Sept. 11 attacks, terrorists hijacked United Airlines Flight 93. They planned to crash the plane into the U.S. Capitol, but the passengers and crew fought back. They instead crashed the plane into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The Flight 93 Memorial, dedicated in 2013 by the National Parks Service, will stream a virtual remembrance ceremony beginning at 9:45 a.m. Then, at 10:03, the time that Flight 93 crashed 20 years ago, the names of the 40 victims will be read. The ringing of the Bells of Remembrance will follow.
Later, at 11 a.m., Washington, DC History & Culture will livestream a free educational tour of the memorial.
The Dover Air Force Base Fire Emergency Services, in partnership with local first responders, will host a memorial event on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. at the Air Mobility Command Museum.
Ocean Beach Police Captain Tyree Bacon, a retired U.S. Air Force Reserve master sergeant, will give a speech. He served as a senior court officer in the New York County Supreme Court in 2001 and was one of 20 court officers who responded to the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center.
Due to COVID-19, the event is invitation only.
The Smyrna Museum is hosting a 20th anniversary program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to a special 9/11 exhibit, retired Port Authority officer Michael Megna will share his experience of working during the Sept. 11 attacks. He will also be available to talk to visitors.
Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Citizens’ Hose Company Firehouse, in conjunction with the Smyrna-Clayton Ministerium, will hold a memorial service at 7 p.m. The program features music by the Citizens’ Hose Band, the presentation of colors by First State Military Academy and a salute to first responders and military personnel. James L. Cubbage Jr., past chief and past president of the Clayton Fire Company, will give the keynote speech.
Local composer Wilson Gault Somers will conduct a performance of Requiem for 9/11, a tribute to victims of the attack and all of those affected by it, on Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. Helena’s Roman Catholic Church in Bellefonte.
Somers’ work premiered in 2012 at the historic Grand Opera House. The net proceeds of Sunday’s performance will go to Gold Star Families of Delaware. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased at requiem911tick
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