Today marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives on that day as terrorists hijacked four planes, killing both those onboard as well as others on the ground when the planes crashed into two World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
There are countless stories of heroism from that day — from the firefighters who rushed into the burning towers to the passengers of Flight 93 whose actions forced their plane down in Pennsylvania so it couldn’t be used to target more people on the ground.
Yesterday and today, Lowell residents took a moment to remember those who died on a day none of us should ever forget.
On Friday, September 10, Vergennes Township dedicated the flagpole at its new township hall. The event came together quickly, and township officials say they were happy to have the flagpole in place in time for 9/11.
Although the dedication didn’t take place on September 11, it was dedicated in honor of those who died on 9/11 as well as first responders and veterans. In the words of the dedication: “Here is the flag of our country; safe within its folds is the freedom and fealty of our nation.”
The flag raising was done by Cub Scout Troop #3188.
Then Girl Scout Troops #4694 and #4129 joined the Cub Scouts to lead those in attendance in the Pledge of Allegiance.
While the flag was raised to its full height on Friday, on Saturday, it was brought to half-staff for Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance 2021.
On Saturday, the lawn by the library and along the Riverwalk was filled with flags as part of the Lowell 9/11 Memorial.
Jake Davenport organized the memorial and said he first had the idea a few years ago when he was a student in college. With it being the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2021, this year seemed like the right time to put his plan into action.
Eight volunteers joined Davenport in the morning to place the flags — one for each victim of the attacks — and the memorial remained in place throughout the day.