Belfast Lions Club and Randall Collins VFW Post 3108 will hold the annual 9/11 commemorative walk across Veterans Memorial Bridge Friday morning, Sept. 11.

Participants are invited to gather between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. at the Belfast end of the bridge, which carries routes 1 and 3 across the Passagassawakeag River. Walkers will take their first steps at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center in the terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001. They will cross the bridge three times in memory of the almost 3,000 people who died in the three airliner attacks on the United States, two on the Trade Center and one on the Pentagon, in an assault organized by Al-Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist group.

Initiated by the late Ray Hall of the Belfast Lions Club, the annual walk continues under Lion Gary Philbrick, who has chaired it for the Lions for the last five years. In addition to walking the bridge, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will offer a 21-gun salute and play the traditional funeral bugle call, "Taps."

Participants are invited to carry flags and 9/11 tributes, but no political signs or messages will be permitted.

The Sept. 11 attacks (often referred to as 9/11), were intended to be a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks Tuesday morning, Sept. 11, 2001. Courageous passengers in a fourth plane, believed to have been destined for the White House, foiled that attack by overpowering the terrorists and taking the plane down; it crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, killing all aboard.

The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and substantial long-term health consequences, in addition to at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.

Sept. 11, 2001, marked the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively.