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Friday is the 19th Anniversary of 9/11, the day four coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out by al-Qaeda, on September 11, 2001.  Of the 2.977 victims that day, 412 were emergency workers in New York City, including 343 firefighters. 

At 8:46 a.m., On Tuesday, September 11th, 2001, five hijackers took control of American Airlines Flight 11 and flew it into the heart of New York City and the northern facade of the World Trade Center's North Tower (1 WTC). 

At 9:03 a.m., five other hijackers flew United Airlines Flight 175 into the southern facade of the South Tower (2 WTC). 

At 9:37 a.m., another five hijackersflew American Airlines flight 77 into the western facade of the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. 

At 10:03 a.m., four hijackers crashed United Airlines Flight 93into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 

This year is a challenging one for any remembrance, or ceremony, given public safety guidelines and social distancing.  The Essex Fire Department canceled its annual 9/11 ceremony, regretfully, out of public safety.  The Manchester Fire Department will hold a ceremony at the station on School Street at 9:30 a.m., and has asked those attending to be vigilant about wearing masks and spacing as they offer respects to this important day.   

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