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9-11 Ceremony set for Wednesday

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By Goose Lindsay

The Morgan County Executive’s Office will be hosting a special 9/11 ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. on the Morgan County Courthouse lawn in Wartburg.
“It’s a day I know everyone can relate to,” Morgan County Executive Brian Langley said. “Everyone remembers where they were at that particular day and time. It had a big impact on America; it changed the dynamics of how we live and we don’t ever need to forget 9-11 and the lives that were lost.
“This is our small way of trying to keep the memory alive and not let that happen again.”
The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were a series of four different sets of hijackings of passenger jets coordinated by the Islamic terrorist group al-Queda. The attacks killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others.
The North and South towers at the World Trade Center in New York City were destroyed after two passenger jets crashed into them. A third passenger jet crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C., while a fourth plane was also headed toward Washington D.C. before it crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers aboard the plane confronted the hijackers.
The ceremony will remember those who died while also honoring area emergency responders.
“We’ve invited all our emergency responders, police officers and everyone in Morgan County to come together to recognize those folks and have a moment of silence for the ones who lost their lives on that tragic day 18 years ago,” Langley said. “We don’t want to forget what happened and we want to learn from it.”