On September 11, 2001, the country was shaken by terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Ten years later, St. Louis is coming together to remember -- and pay homage both to those lost in the attacks and the veterans who gave their lives in the war that followed.
This weekend offers many ceremonial events to pay respects to those lost during and after the tragedy of September 11.
Flags on Art Hill Beginning Sunday at 8:46 a.m., when the first of the Twin Towers was hit, there will be a memorial service at Art Hill as part of Firefighters Weekend. A total of 3,000 flags will be placed all around Art Hill, each bearing the name of someone killed in the attacks. The flags will later be sold to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. The service is open to the public and will feature music and a memorial wall.
9/11 Tribute Concert Later on Art Hill will be a concert and candlelight vigil. The event will start at 6 p.m. with police vehicles on display, and music performed by the Midwest Woodwind Quintet and St. Louis Police Department Choir will begin at 7 p.m. The candlelight vigil will begin around 9 p.m. The events are open to the public; food trucks will be serving food.
Other events on September 11
The Arch Interfaith prayer starts at noon. Members of different faiths will come together in the grassy area near Memorial Drive to pray for unity and remember those who died on 9/11.
Sheldon Concert Hall Free commemorative interfaith performance beginning at 5:30 p.m. Featuring invocation by Senator John Danforth, the St. Louis Symphony's String Quartet, Christine Brewer of the Opera Theater of St. Louis, first responders from the county police and fire departments in both the city and county, plus various religious musical expressions.
"Inalienable Rights: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11" This 90-minute play at the Regional Arts commission at 6128 Delmar will begin at 3 p.m. The play will focus on Pearl Harbor and 9/11, the two largest attacks on American soil. Immediately following the play will be an interfaith discussion with special guests from the Muslim community, Abbas Ali and Nasreen Bibi. Tickets are $20, or $18 for seniors and students.
St. Charles Free service at the Family Arena. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the service will start at 10:28, the time the second tower was hit. The service will honor local military servicemen and feature a speech by David Beamer, the father of one of the passengers of United Flight 93.
O'Fallon, MO A one-hour ceremony at the O'Fallon City Hall will feature a survivor of the World Trade Center attacks. After the ceremony is a one-mile remembrance walk down Main Street in O'Fallon.
Memorial ceremonies Arnold 1:30 at the Arnold Recreational Center, 1695 Missouri State Road. Bethalto, Illinois 4 p.m. "Honor our Heroes" parade beginning at Civic Memorial High School (200 School Street) and ending at St. Louis Regional Airport De Soto 2 p.m. in Spross Park Fenton 1 p.m. at the Heroes Memorial in Fenton City Park Florissant noon at James J. Eagan Center, No. 1 James Eagan Drive Granite City, Illinois 6 p.m. at Wilson Park Herculaneum 7 p.m. at the Herculaneum Fire Department, 151 Riverview Plaza Drive Wentzville noon at Progress Park