COLUMBUS, Ind.–Columbus joined the nation and the rest of the world yesterday in remembering the tragedy that took place 17 years ago. On September 11, 2001, highjackers seized control of four commercial airliners and carried out terrorist attacks against the United States in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Columbus emergency personnel marked the occasion with a ceremony at city hall. A moment of silence took place at 8:46 a.m., to correspond with the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. A recording of an emergency responder radio dispatch was played to honor the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives that day.
Members of the Columbus Fire and Police Department Color Guard performed and brief comments were delivered by city officials. Local middle school students placed American flags on the lawn of city hall to commemorate the victims of September 11, 2001.