This week marks 20 years since the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001.
The attacks were carried out by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda, who 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 New York City's World Trade Center. A third plane hit the Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks making each Sept. 11 since, a day of mourning and remembrance in the United States.
The following Midlands businesses and organizations will host 9/11 remembrance ceremonies and tributes:
Fort Jackson will host a wreath laying ceremony Friday at 5 p.m. The event is open to the public but guests are to be seated by 4:30 p.m. Attendees are required to wear a mask. The ceremony will be live streamed on Fort Jackson Facebook pages.
Lexington Medical Center's Tunnel to Towers 5k walk and run will be held Friday at 7 p.m. Participants begin the race at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln Street. Those interested in registering can do so online.
The 9/11 Remembrance Foundation of South Carolina's Morning of Remembrance program will take place Saturday at 8 a.m. The event honors the 59 fallen first responders and military service members from the Midlands. The ceremony will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln Street.
A free 9/11 memorial concert will be held at the Koger Center for the Arts Saturday at 7:30 p.m. A variety of performers will play throughout the event. Tickets are required for entry and should be reserved online.
The South Carolina State Museum will display a steel girder from the Word Trade Center in the museum's main lobby Saturday and Sunday. SCSM will also offer free general admission to first responders, active military and veterans throughout the weekend.
U of SC just announced that masks are required to attend football games for most, and other outdoor events may follow.
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