Friday marks 14 years since the New York terrorist attack. On September 11, 2001, Al Qaeda members hijacked four commercial jet airliners total. Two of those planes were crashed into the north and south World Trade Towers; more than 2,000 people died that day. There are several events going on in the Upstate to honor the lives lost during this attack.
9/11 Events in the Upstate:
6:00 PM – Belton
Belton Fire Department firefighters will be walking silently, in full turnout gear, on Friday, September 11, in memory of the firefighters who died during the 9/11 attack in NYC. The walk begins at 6:00 p.m. At Rock Springs FD and ends at Belton City Hall. BFD Chief Alan Sims has posted this photo of a fire hose with all NYC Firefighters’ names being written on it. The hose will be carried during the Belton Walk.
8:46 AM – Anderson
The Anderson City Fire Department will be honoring all victims of 9/11 with a brief ceremony. They will start at exactly 8:46 a.m. 9/11/15; this is the exact time the first jet hit the twin towers 14 years ago. They will be lowering the flags at all city stations and the bell will ring downtown Anderson. This should only last a few minutes. The bell will ring 3 sets of 5.
400 S. McDuffie St.
Anderson, SC 29624
12:00 PM – Bob Jones University
On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bob Jones University will commemorate the 2,977 lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, with a static display of American flags. In addition, a piece of steel girder from the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City will also be displayed.
“Most of our students were very young when the terrorist attacks occurred in 2001,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “These displays will serve as a memorial to those who lost their lives and as a reminder of what happened that fateful day in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.”
Members of the BJU student body will set up a static display of American flags near the Wade Hampton Boulevard entrance to the campus. Each flag will represent one of the 2,977 victims-from more than 90 countries-that perished in the terrorist attacks in 2001. The students will begin assembling the display Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. and it will remain in place until 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14.
On Thursday, Sept. 10 and Friday, Sept. 11 from 12 – 5 p.m., the public is welcome to view the piece of steel girder from the North Tower of the World Trade Center in the lobby of Rodeheaver Auditorium, which is located near the center of campus.
3:00 PM – Asheville
City of Asheville will have a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony for the people who died during Sept. 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93.
100 Court Plaza, Asheville NC 28801
Kelley Klope, PIO 828-768-1437
9:30 AM – Hendersonville, NC
Patriot Day is a day for all Americans to come together in unity, setting aside our differences to recognize our common bond.
Emergency Services Personnel and the Henderson County Honor Guard will conduct a ceremony on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in the Historic Courthouse Square to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. Reverence, Remembrance, Reflection will be the central theme of the program. Reverence to show respect for the sacrifice given by so many and their families, Remembrance to commemorate the lessons learned and Reflection to consider the course we have followed since.
The event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to join us.
8:30 AM- Inman
The City of Inman will be having a 9-11 ceremony on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 8:30 AM at the flag pole across from City Hall. Mayor Cornelius Huff will be speaking.