A day we will never forget

A program at Daytona Memorial Park was among the 9/11 tributes.

Americans paused on Sunday to pay tribute to the thousands who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Thousands of flags represented the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)
Thousands of flags represented the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
(PHOTOS BY DUANE C. FERNANDEZ SR./HARDNOTTSPHOTOGRAPHY.COM)

Never Forget tributes commemorated the memories of the nearly 3,000 who died and the thousands who were injured.

Daytona Beach Fire Department Chaplain Larry Stoney greets local first responders during event at Daytona Memorial Park.
Daytona Beach Fire Department Chaplain Larry Stoney greets local first responders during event at Daytona Memorial Park.

Fifteen-year anniversary observances also honored the first responders and others who valiantly reacted to save others on that day – the largest terror attack on U.S. soil.

On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks in the United States.

Two airplanes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

The attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction. The attacks killed 2,996 people immediately. The number includes 2,977 victims and the 19 hijackers who caused the attacks. More than 6,000 were injured.

Locally, there were a number of observances to commemorate the day. In Daytona Beach, a program was held at Daytona Memorial Park, which was presented by the Lohman Community Outreach, a program of Lohman Funeral Homes, Cemeteries & Cremation.

Opening ceremonies were presented by the Civil Air Patrol 049th Composite Squadron Color Guard and an address was given by Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry.

Thousands of flags dotted the memorial park in remembrance of the victims.

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