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Vigil at Fire Station No. 1 honors those who died

The Cornelius 9/11 Remembrance Vigil, hosted by the Cornelius Lemley Volunteer Fire Dept., will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

The community is invited to quietly reflect and remember at the site of the Cornelius “Never Forget” 9/11 monument located at Fire Station No. 1 on South Main Street. Members of the Fire Department will toll a bell marking the key moments of that day.

The schedule is as follows:
8:30 AM: Introduction
8:46 AM: Lower flag to half-staff
8:46 AM: Single Bell Toll/Moment of Silence – American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into North Tower
9:03 AM: Single Bell Toll/Moment of Silence – United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into South Tower
9:37 AM: Single Bell Toll/Moment of Silence – American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon
9:59 AM: Single Bell Toll/Moment of Silence – South Tower collapsed
10:03 AM: Single Bell Toll/Moment of Silence – United Airlines 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA
10:28 AM: Single Bell Toll/Moment of Silence – North Tower collapsed
11:00 AM: Single Bell Toll to memorialize Line of Duty deaths in North Carolina in the Firefighting, Emergency Medical Services and Police community

The Cornelius Never Forget 9/11 Monument, which includes a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, honors the first responders, citizens and military personnel who were affected by the attacks 18 years ago.

The monument has been recognized by the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association.

The installation design includes two limestone panels, inscribed with the words “Never Forget” in 44 languages, supporting a scarred, eight-foot-long steel beam from the fallen towers.

The monument is oriented towards New York City and features an articulated line in a circular, inscribed plaza that sits on an axis with the World Trade Center site. This line is embedded with the date and location of the attack.

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