FRAMINGHAM – This afternoon, dozens of volunteers placed 2,977 American flags at Cushing Memorial Park to honor the victims of September 11, 2001.
Saturday is the 20th anniversary of the attacks, which killed 2,977 individuals, including 17 with ties to Framingham.
The City of Framingham will hold a vigil on Saturday at at the park, where a memorial was erected to honor those with ties to the community, including seven TJX employees who were on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center.
The Framingham memorial honors Neilie Heffernan Casey, Barbara Keating, Linda George, Lisa Fenn Gordenstein, Meta Fuller Waller, Laura Lee Morabito, Tara Shea Creamer, Charlie Murphy, Paige Farley Hackel, Judith Larocque, Todd Hill, Christine Barbuto, Susan MacKay, Herbert W. Homer, John J. Wenckus, Robin Kaplan, and Darin H. Pontell.
Framingham placed the almost 3,000 in the park for the 10th anniversary and chose to do so again for the 20th anniversary.
The City of Framingham will also hold a memorial service at 10;30 a.m. at Cushing Memorial Park. The public is invited to attend. Overflow parking will be available at Barbieri Elementary School.
American Airlines Flight 11 out of Logan Airport in Boston flew into North Tower of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan at 8:46 a.m. on September 11.
Seventeen minutes later at 9:03 am, the World Trade Center’s South Tower was hit by United Airlines Flight 175, also out of Logan Airport.
Both 110-story towers collapsed within an hour and 42 minutes.
American Airlines Flight 77, out of Dulles International Airport, was hijacked and at 9:37 a.m. it crashed into the west side of the Pentagon.
The passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 attempted to regain control of the aircraft away from the hijackers and that plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m. It is believed the target was either the White House or the U.S. Capitol.
Of the 2,996 individuals who died on September 11 were civilians. But there were also 344 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers, 55 military personnel, and the 19 terrorists.
More than 25,000 other were injured that day.