Nearly 3,000 flags adorned the field next to the Unity Fire Station, representing lives lost Sept. 11, 2001, including more than 2,600 at the World Trade Center, 125 at the Pentagon, and 265 on the four planes.

In attendance were several members of law enforcement, emergency first responders, Unity American Legion Post 50 and many people from the community.

Members of the Unity American Legion Post 50 stand with Waldo County Sheriff and Maine State Police personnel Sept. 11 at the Unity Fire Station. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

Organizer Melanie Cole, Wreaths Across America’s Unity location coordinator, said the event was to honor those who lost their lives 20 years ago. “Nothing will ever fill the void in these families’ lives,” she said. “Their love ones will never be forgotten.”

Cole read events associated with the tragedy that transpired that morning, starting at 8:46 a.m. when Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. At 9:03 a.m., a second plane struck the World Trade Center’s South Tower. At 9:37 a.m., Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon, and at 10:02 a.m., Flight 93 plowed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Unity Fire Chief Blaine Parsons, left, greets a young attendee at the 9/11 commemoration Saturday morning. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

“Through the ashes,” she said, “America rose up, one unified nation, under God.”

Unity Fire Chief Blaine Parsons spoke of how the nation has moved on, but has not forgotten the events of Sept. 11, 2001. “We lost heroes that day,” he said. “The attacks on 9/11 have affected us all.”

Community members listen as Holly Parker, not pictured, sings the national anthem Sept. 11 at the Unity Fire Station. Photo by Fran Gonzalez

“Unity Fire Department remembers the 343 firefighters who lost their lives that day,” Parsons said. Emergency responders who may have had doubts about answering the call, “but went anyway — many to their certain death.”

Members of Benjamin Berry Post 50 American Legion fired several rounds at the event’s conclusion as “Taps” was played.

Members of the Belfast Lions Club in yellow vests, along with community members Sept. 11, at the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Courtesy of Charles Lagerbom

In Belfast, many attended a 9/11 Remembrance Walk across Veterans Memorial Bridge starting just before 9 a.m. to commemorate the first plane hitting the World Trade Center’s North Tower.  The event, which was started in the years right after the attack by Belfast Lion Ray Hall, marked the 20th anniversary this year.

Community members march across the Veterans Memorial Bridge in Belfast Sept. 11. Courtesy of Charles Lagerbom

Belfast Lions Club, along with members of Randall Collins VFW Post 3108, Frank D. Hazeltine American Legion Post 43 and the community marched across the bridge,and members from the community marched across the bridge three times back and forth to honor those who lost their lives.

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