Sept. 11 has been officially designated as Patriot’s Day. It marks the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 that left more than 3,000 people dead. The terrorists used hijacked aircraft to crash into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C. A third hijacked plane, United Flight 93, crashed in rural Pennsylvania after the passengers attempted to retake control of the plane. Its planned target was never revealed.
The attack caused both towers of the World Trade Center to collapse. The Pentagon was damaged, but survived. Authorities soon determined that Islamic extremist terrorists were responsible for the attacks. This led to America’s long-standing involvement in Afghanistan and the invasion of Iraq.
The Parker Public Library commemorated the 21st anniversary of these attacks with a 9/11 Exhibit on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the library. The exhibit consisted mostly of posters with photos and text describing the attacks. One poster described what the scene of the attacks was like in 2022. One photo shows the 9-11 Memorial in the foreground while the new skyscraper built following the attacks, One World Trade Center, towers in the background.
The exhibit was presented by the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. These were established to increase awareness and educate the public about the 9-11 attacks and their aftermath. They are located near the site of the original Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
The library staff covered several walls with photos of individuals killed in the 9-11 attacks. Library spokesperson Joanna Short said they were particularly proud of this, as it took them a long time to put up all the photos. She said this helped people to better understand just what happened.
The photos will remain up for several weeks so local residents can come see them.