Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. A Commemoration Ceremony will be held that morning at 8:30 am at the Rome-Floyd Firefighters Memorial Plaza, located behind City Hall in downtown Rome.

David Kay, retired RFD Captain, asserts that the patriotic ceremony will be about 45 minutes long.

The ceremony will include patriotic music, an honor guard presentation, the laying of a memorial wreath, and a bagpiper, says Phil Langston, retired RFD Battalion Chief, who adds that it will be ‘a time of remembrance’.

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked a total of four planes. They piloted two into the World Trade Center in New York City and another into the Pentagon in Washington DC. Passengers on that fourth plane attempted to overcome the hijackers, and the plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Thousands of lives were lost. These attacks were coordinated by the Al Qaeda terrorist group.