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Brief 9/11 remembrance program planned

Friday, September 11, will mark the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and a number of Abbeville County residents will be joining in a ceremony on Abbeville's Court Square to commemorate that terrible day.

Terry Greenfield, commander of American Legion Post 2, said Wednesday that there will be a brief program on Sept. 11 beginning at 8:30 a.m., and local emergency services will sound their sirens in keeping with what was at the time a national emergency, and Greenfield himself will deliver a speech.

There will also be an honor guard, as well as the playing of "Taps."

The program will mark 19 years since, in an Al-Qaeda plot, hijackers took over four planes.

Two of those planes were flown into the World Trade Center, one was flown into the Pentagon and one crashed in western Pennsylvania after, it is believed, passengers attempted to take the plane back.

The plane that crashed in Pennsylvania is believed to have been headed to Washington, D.C.

Altogether, more than 3,000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 2001.

It was a day which many people compared to Pearl Harbor. Many people of a certain age remember what they were doing when they heard about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and, similarly, many remember what they were engaged in when the planes began crashing.

One woman we spoke to remembered that she was at work at the time, and her mother called her to tell her the country was under attack.

The place where was working did not have a television, so she and her colleagues looked up the news online that Tuesday morning, and at lunch time one of her coworkers went home and got a TV and brought it back to the office.

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