City of Belleville Pays Tribute

The City of Belleville will recognize the 2017 National Firefighters Memorial Day by lowering flags at City facilities over the upcoming weekend.

Federal Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister, Ralph Goodale, has made the announcement that the second Sunday in September will be recognized as National Firefighters Memorial Day. The day will serve as a tribute to public safety officers who have died in the line of duty and the flag on Parliament Hill will be lowered on Sunday, September 10th to specifically honour firefighters.

On Monday, September  11th there will be a moment of silence and bell ringing at Fire Station #1, 60 Bettes Street (corner of Bettes and Station Streets),  at 8:45 a.m. to honour those who perished at the World Trade Centre terrorist attacks. All agencies and the public are welcome to attend.

Chief MacDonald encourages residents to attend the ceremony. “Please join us on Monday morning as we honour and pay tribute to those lost in the September 11, 2001 tragedy.”

September 11, 2001

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists from al-Qaeda, hijacked four commercial airplanes, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the upper floors of the North and South towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) complex and a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The Twin Towers ultimately collapsed because of the damage sustained from the impacts and the resulting fires. After learning about the other attacks, passengers on the fourth hijacked plane, Flight 93, fought back, and the plane crashed into an empty field in western Pennsylvania about 20 minutes by air from Washington, DC. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations. 2,753 people were killed in New York, 184 people were killed at the Pentagon, including 55 military personnel, and 40 people were killed on Flight 93.

The hijacked Flight 11 crashed into floors 93 to 99 of the North Tower (1 WTC) at 8:46 a.m. The hijacked Flight 175 struck floors 77 to 85 of the South Tower (2 WTC) 17 minutes later at 9:03 a.m. When the towers were struck, between 16,400 and 18,000 people were in the WTC complex. Of those, the vast majority evacuated safely. As they rushed out, first responders rushed in trying to save those still trapped or injured - 343 Firefighters, 60 Police Officers and eight Paramedics were among those killed.

For more information:
Marilyn Warren
Communications Coordinator
City of Belleville

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