On a clear September morning, 12 years ago, hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in rural Pennsylvania. It was the deadliest attack ever on U.S. soil, claiming the lives of 2,996 people, including 19 terrorists.
Since that time, plenty has changed in the U.S. We’ve fought two wars and elected a new president. Many of the children who were infants at the time of the attacks are now starting the third grade. Fortunes have been made and squandered.
Life has gone on.
But that won’t stop residents from around the St. Louis area from holding events to remember the victims on what’s now referred to as Patriot Day.
Here is a list of events happening Wednesday to give tribute to those who died:
9:11 a.m. – Annual March to the Arch – The 21-mile walk to honor the victims begins at Mike Duffy’s at 141 and Clayton Rd. in west St. Louis County and ends at the Arch.
10 a.m. – St. Louis – Army Junior ROTC and Multiple Pathways Ceremony at Beaumont High School on Natural Bridge Rd.
11 a.m. – Arnold – Tribute to the victims at the Memorial Garden at the Arnold Recreation Center on Missouri State Rd.
11:30 a.m. – Belleville – Tribute at Firehouse #4 on South Illinois St.
3:30 p.m. – Mascoutah – Children to make patriotic crafts and cards for local first responders, VA and Scott Air Force Base patients at the Leu Civic Center on 213 North Market Street.
5:30 p.m. – Fenton City Park – Heroes Memorial event featuring Brooklyn native Sarrea Layton as speaker.
8:30 p.m. – Prayer service at Christ Church Cathedral on 1210 Locust St.