BELFAST — The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion of Belfast invite the community to join them in the annual 9/11 Bridge Walk Saturday, Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 2,996 people in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Those who died in the attacks included citizens of 78 countries and the 19 hijackers.

In the local observance, participants will carry flags and banners in remembrance of those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001. They will line up at the Veterans Memorial Bridge (routes 1 and 3 across the Passagassawakeg River) at 8:20 a.m. and hold a service there, which will include prayer, a 21-gun salute and “Taps.”

Walkers will step off at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

All are encouraged to join the walk, as well as drive by and show support by honking car horns.

For more about the events of 9/11 and America’s response, visit history.com/topics/21st-century/9-11-attacks.

In conjunction with the 20th anniversary, the HISTORY® Channel will premiere three documentary specials about the attacks, beginning Sept. 10: “Rise and Fall: The World Trade Center” on Friday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m.; “9/11: Four Flights” on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m.; and” 9/11: I Was There” on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 10 p.m. A preview is available at https://play.history.com/videos/preview-9-11-specials.

9/11 timeline

Following is a timeline of what occurred Sept. 11, 2001.

7:59 a.m.: American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 carrying 81 passengers and 11 crew members, departs 14 minutes late from Logan International Airport in Boston, bound for Los Angeles International Airport. Five hijackers are on board.

8:14: United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767, carrying 56 passengers and 9 crew members, departs 14 minutes late from Logan International Airport in Boston, bound for Los Angeles International Airport. Five hijackers are on board.

8:14: Flight 11 is hijacked over central Massachusetts, turning first northwest, then south.

8:20: American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 with 58 passengers and 6 crew members, departs 10 minutes late from Washington Dulles International Airport, for Los Angeles International Airport. Five hijackers are aboard.

8:42: United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 with 37 passengers and 7 crew members, departs 42 minutes late from Newark International Airport (now Newark Liberty International Airport), bound for San Francisco International Airport. Four hijackers are aboard.

8:42–8:46 (approx.): Flight 175 is hijacked above northwest New Jersey, about 60 miles northwest of New York City, continuing southwest briefly before turning back to the northeast.

8:46:40: Flight 11 crashes into the north face of the North Tower (1 WTC) of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99. The aircraft enters the tower intact.

8:50–8:54 (approx.): Flight 77 is hijacked above southern Ohio, turning to the southeast.

9:03:02: Flight 175 crashes into the south face of the South Tower (2 WTC) of the World Trade Center, between floors 77 and 85. Parts of the plane, including the starboard engine, leave the building from its east and north sides, falling to the ground six blocks away.

9:28: Flight 93 is hijacked above northern Ohio, turning to the southeast.

9:37:46: Flight 77 crashes into the western side of The Pentagon and starts a violent fire.

9:45: United States airspace is shut down; all operating aircraft are ordered to land at the nearest airport.

9:57: The passengers aboard Flight 93 begin a revolt against the hijackers in an attempt to take back the plane.

9:59:00: The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses, 56 minutes after the impact of Flight 175.

10:03:11: Flight 93 is crashed by its hijackers as a result of fighting in the cockpit 80 miles (129 km) southeast of Pittsburgh in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Later reports indicate that passengers had learned about the World Trade Center and Pentagon crashes and were resisting the hijackers. The 9/11 Commission believed that Flight 93’s target was either the United States Capitol building or the White House in Washington, D.C.

10:28:22: The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses, 1 hour and 42 minutes after the impact of Flight 11. The Marriott Hotel, located at the base of the two towers, is also destroyed.

10:50:19: Five stories of part of the Pentagon collapse due to the fire.

5:20:33 p.m.: 7 World Trade Center, a 47-story building, collapses.

Source: Wikipedia