BETHALTO — For many students who were barely old enough to remember the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001, a commemoration is almost like a history lesson.
On Thursday morning, Civic Memorial High School will honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks by placing 3,000 American flags in the ground of the football field. Once placed, the gates will be locked until that evening.
At 6:45 p.m., Civic Memorial students will speak during opening ceremonies, followed by appearances by first responders and other guests.
At dusk, the field lights will be turned on and will remain on throughout the night. The flags will be removed from the field Friday morning.
On Sept. 11, 2001, a series of four coordinated attacks by the terrorist group al-Qaida resulted in two hijacked planes being flown into the World Trade Center in New York City. A third plane flew into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a fourth plane crashed to the ground in Pennsylvania after passengers disrupted hijackers’ attempts at another suicide mission into either the White House or the Capitol Building.
In all, nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks, including 343 firefighters and 72 police officers.
Today, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum stands where the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers fell in commemoration of the attacks.