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9/11 tribute held in Littleton

Littleton residents gathered at the Mascoma Bank knoll early Saturday morning to honor the fallen on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. (Photos by Angel Larcom) (click for larger version)
September 16, 2021
LITTLETON — The Northern Grafton County Republican Committee hosted a memorial tribute in downtown Littleton last Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The four-hour non-political event honored the 2,977 Americans who perished when Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked commercial airplanes, attacking the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

During the tribute, the organizers held a moment of silence for each catastrophic event. The Veterans of Foreign Wars were on-hand, as were the Littleton Fire Department. Senator Erin Hennessey and Executive Councilor Joseph Kenney also attended the memorial.

Using Ladder Truck 1, Littleton firefighters suspended a massive flag over the intersection of Union, Cottage and Main Streets in downtown Littleton as passerby honked in solidarity. Pastor John Anan led an opening prayer during the early morning event.

"We ask for a blessing over our nation that is so divided right now. Today, we remember Sept. 11. We thank you for America and what this great nation stands for in the rest of the world," said Anan.

The Littleton memorial service was one of several in the region, as communities remembered the fateful day that permanently changed the American landscape. Thousands of civilians lost their lives, as did military personnel, firefighters, EMTs and police officers.

Four commercial airliners traveling from the northeast to the West Coast were hijacked mid-flight. The first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. Seventeen minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower and both skyscrapers collapsed less than two hours later.

A third plane hit the Pentagon's west side less than an hour after the first attack. Airline passengers diverted the fourth plane, destined for the US Capitol. Instead, it crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pa., shortly after 10 a.m. that morning.

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