A long list of names was read aloud Saturday in Park Rapids – names of people who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on civilian targets in the United States.
Among the fallen at the World Trade Center in New York, N.Y. were 343 firefighters, who were particularly honored by the Park Rapids Fire Department’s ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in history.
According to CNN, more than 2,700 people were killed that day when terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners and crashed them into the twin towers, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. and – thanks to the passengers on one flight who fought back – a field in Pennsylvania.
The dead included 265 on the planes, more than 2,600 in the World Trade Center and 125 at the Pentagon; 72 law enforcement officers; 55 military personnel; and citizens of more than 90 countries. Additional deaths caused by illnesses attributed to the attack have brought the total casualty count close to 3,000.
According to firefighter Crystal Krautkremer, the fire department highlighted the events of the day 20 years ago with a memorial display of firefighting paraphernalia, a display of miniature flags for each of the firefighters lost, and sirens sounding at the exact time when each of the planes crashed and when the twin towers collapsed.