O’FALLON, Mo. – Today is the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. There are many ceremonies marking this emotional day now known as Patriot Day.
One of those remembrances was this morning at 8:30 am outside of the O’Fallon, Missouri City Hall at the 9/11 First Responders Memorial there.
A wreath was placed at the memorial and those attending placed flowers at the base of the wreath.
The keynote speaker, O’Fallon Police Chief Tim Clothier, spoke about never forgetting that terrible day and remembering the first responders who raced into danger sacrificing their own lives to save others.
The public was invited to the ceremony and there was a crowd with most everyone wearing masks.
Two Fort Zumwalt North High School students emceed the event.
The city of Belleville hosted its annual Moment of Remembrance at 11:30 am. Only a few program participants were allowed at the site on South Illinois Street because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony is at the September 11th Memorial Walkway. It features a 35-foot long steel column from the World Trade Center.
The Rock Community Fire Protection District held a memorial stair climb at 9:00 am at Jefferson College in Arnold. Participants will pay tribute to the New York firefighters who gave their lives to save others by climbing the equivalent of 110 stories of the World the Trade Center.
The Missouri National Veterans Memorial in Perryville is holding a “Tribute in Light.” It is planned for 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm tonight.
One annual event that has been canceled this year is the “March to The Arch.” Organizers called it off because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The 21-mile march usually goes from Town and Country to The Arch. They look forward to hosting the march next year on the 20th anniversary of 9/11.