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Never forget: Events mark 18th anniversary of 9/11 in York

On Sept. 11, 2001, Washington-bound Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville after passengers attempted to wrestle control from Islamist hijackers. Jets had already crashed into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in New York City.

Throughout the York area on Wednesday, community members will honor that sacrifice and the lives lost in the country 18 years ago.

First responders gather at Mission BBQ on Loucks Road for a noon remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

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Learning: Educators are doing their part to help students who were not alive on 9/11 to understand its significance in U.S. history.

Lincoln Charter School planned lessons on 9/11 in the classroom on Wednesday, and Central York High School’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter is participating in a national movement organized by young conservative group Young America's Foundation to display American flags on campuses in remembrance of the day.

Beginning in 2003, it's the "largest nationwide campus activism project of its kind," according to a news release. More than 200 campuses across the country annually place 2,977 flags to represent the victims of the terrorist attacks.  

Honoring: The Court of Valor and SafeKeepers Shrine Ceremony will honor veterans and first responders, and serve as an observance of the 18th anniversary of 9/11. Each year, Prospect Hill Cemetery and Cremation Gardens, in North York, adds the names of local service members who received medals of valor to a monument topped with a piece of steel from New York City's World Trade Center.

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The steel — weighing 3,000 pounds and measuring almost 10 feet long — was transported to the cemetery in 2009, and the monument now has 390 names inscribed upon it.

Members of the York City Department of Fire and Rescue stand for the National Anthem during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at Mission BBQ, Wednesday, September 11, 2019.
John A. Pavoncello photo

This year's ceremony takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15.

The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum in Harrisburg will have a 9/11 memorial bell tolling on Wednesday, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

A series of tolls will ring out throughout the day to commemorate the events as they happened on 9/11—  the first being  American Airlines Flight 11 striking the North Tower, building No. 1 of the World Trade Center, at 8:46 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public, and it ends with "Amazing Grace" and "Taps" shortly after the final toll at 11 a.m.

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Gathering: The York Fair is hosting "Let Freedom Ring!" a free tribute concert to recognize heroes from 9/11 and first responders. A lineup including Shatter X, Stoney Lonesome, Dave Bray USA and Kayla Kroh will begin at 7 p.m. on the Bobcat of York Grandstand Stage. 

Visit yorkfair.org/events for more information on what to bring.