CHARLOTTE, NC — Several events happening throughout the WCCB viewing area on Wednesday will serve to honor and remember the victims, first responders and their families involved in the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
On Tuesday, Governor Roy Cooper ordered all U.S. and North Carolina flags flying at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday, September 11th in honor of Patriot Day, also known as the National Day of Service and Rememberance. Privately flown flags are also encouraged to participate.
Gov. Cooper is scheduled to deliver remarks at 8:30am at the NC National Guard September 11th Commemoration at the Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh.
Other 9/11 events happening around the area include:
Flags Over I-77 In York County
The POW-MIA Advocate Group and Rolling Thunder Chapter One, South Carolina will host the displaying of American flags on several bridges over I-77 in York County. Flags will be displayed from 7am to 9:03am in the morning, and again from 4pm to 6pm in the evening.
Cornelius Lemley Fire & Rescue Annual 9/11 Remembrance Vigil
The community is invited to gather at the Cornelius Never Forget 9/11 Monument located at Fire Station No. 1, 19729 S. Main Street. The event 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
City of Gastonia 9/11 Memorial Services
Memorial services will take place simultaneously at the Gastonia Fire Department Station 1, 260 N. Myrtle School Road, and Station 4, 900 Armstrong Park Road. Both services will begin at 9am.
Laps For Life Blood Drive at Charlotte Motor Speedway
The American Red Cross and Charlotte Motor Speedway will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. On Wednesday, eligible blood donors can give blood in memory of Sept. 11 victims at the Laps for Life Blood Drive from 10am to 7pm in the Paddock Club, located in the speedway’s infield. The blood drive kicks off with an opening ceremony at 9:30am on the Avenue of Flags by the speedway’s ticket office. A moment of silence will take place at 9:32am.
Hickory Remembers 9/11
The City of Hickory and the community will remember the events of 9/11 at a Patriot Day Evening of Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday, September 11, under The Sails on the Square in Downtown Hickory at 6:30pm.
The Patriot Day Evening of Remembrance Ceremony is open to the public and will last approximately 30 minutes. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be cancelled.