Kentucky remembers victims, heroes of Sept. 11

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Across the country, Americans are remembering the events of 19 years ago, when terrorists attacked the United States.

That was also the case in Frankfort, where Gov. Andy Beshear held a moment of silence in honor of the victims. That observance was held at 8:46 a.m. — the time when the first attack took place.

“Today, we once again call to mind the terrible acts of Sept. 11, 2001, and pray for our state and for our country,” Gov. Beshear said in remarks prior to the moment of silence. “Today is also Patriot’s Day, when we celebrate the lost souls, the scarred survivors, and the courage of that day’s many heroes — our firefighters, law enforcement, every first responder, our military, and every American that stepped up.

“We often talk about running into danger. So many ran into a burning and toppling skyscraper, knowing that action was likely to end their life, leave their family missing them, but knowing it was their calling to help others that day.”

This afternoon, a Remembrance Day parade will be held in Pikeville.
The parade will begin at Bob Amos Park at 5 p-m, and travel the length of Hambley Boulevard, ending at McDonald’s.

On Sept. 11, 2001, hijacked planes toppled the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and struck the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Another plane, United Airlines Flight 93, went down in Shanksville, Pa., when passengers overpowered the terrorists.

In all, 2,977 people were killed.