Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, marks 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks which claimed the lives of several thousand American citizens and hundreds of citizens of other countries. There are several memorial events taking place in Iowa where students can remember and honor the lives that were lost.
(Portions of this information were gathered by KWWL – https://kwwl.com/2021/09/09/9-11-memorial-events-this-weekend-for-20th-anniversary/.)
Hometown Heroes + Touch a Truck – Lindale Mall, Cedar Rapids
Sept. 11, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1st Ave parking lot
Games, food, music and emergency vehicle tours
“To commemorate 20 years since the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers we are taking the time to honor our veterans, active military, and first responders.”
9/11 Day of Remembrance and Service Project – Cedar Rapids
“United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI) commemorates 9/11 and offers reflections and presentations on disaster response. After the program, volunteers will package 1,000 disaster kits to be distributed in communities.”
Saturday, 9–11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building Coliseum, 50 2nd Avenue Bridge, Cedar Rapids
Amara Andrews to deliver 9/11 memorial speech – Cedar Rapids
“Cedar Rapids mayoral candidate Amara Andrews will deliver an address honoring those killed in the 9/11 attacks and outline her plan to support local first responders and law enforcement.”
9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. Bever Park, 2700 Bever Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
Emergency Preparedness Day Event – City of Cedar Rapids
“On Saturday from 9-11 a.m. the City of Cedar Rapids will be partnering with Hy-Vee for an Emergency Preparedness Day event. The City of Cedar Rapids will be distributing bags with resource information and emergency preparedness handouts at five Hy-Vee locations throughout Cedar Rapids.” http://www.cedar-rapids.org/news_detail_T6_R1676.php
9/11: Never Forget Project – Iowa City
University of Iowa Young Americans for Freedom participating in the project to display 2,977 American flags to honor lives lost in the 9/11 attacks.
The memorial will be at Hubbard Park on the University of Iowa campus from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“The Flag Project: New York City after Sept. 11” exhibit at the Artifactory in Iowa City
Showcase of photographs of patriotism in New York City taken by two Iowa City residents on Sept. 11, 2001.
The exhibit opening is Friday, Sept. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m.
UI Center for Human Rights hosts “Reflections on the Legacy of 9/11”
A panel conversation exploring “the legacies of 9/11 by examining how the attacks continue to inform lived experiences in our community and across the globe.” More information>>
Friday 9/10 12-1 p.m. online.
9/11 Ceremony – Anamosa
9/11 remembrance ceremony on the East Side of the Jones County Courthouse in Anamosa at 9 a.m. on Saturday. The ceremony is being hosted by the veterans organizations of Anamosa. More information>>
Eastern and Northeastern Iowa
Central Iowa / Des Moines
Two vigils on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Nevada Fire Station in Nevada, IA.
Both vigils will pay tribute to those who were lost 20 years ago.
The Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack involved terrorists hijacking four airplanes and crashing two into the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and deliberately crashing the fourth plane into a field in Pennsylvania as the passengers tried to regain control of the plane.
The attack resulted in more than 6,000 injuries and caused the deaths of at least 2,977 people as reported by CNN.com, including those who died in the initial attack and those who died later from health problems caused by the toxins emitted from the rubble of the Trade Center.