PITTSBURG — Sunflower Kiwanis, the Pittsburg Fire Department, the city of Pittsburg, community members and countless other people across the country commemorated 9/11 on Monday.
On September 11, 2001 when the planes hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, nearly 3,000 were killed.
People continue to commemorate the attack 16 years after what was the deadliest terrorist attack on United States soil.
The day started early for Sunflower Kiwanis — at sunrise, members of the club went on routes throughout Pittsburg. They placed a grand total of 484 flags in people’s yards and around the city.
“In 2010 we started with 40 to 50 flags, now we have 484,” Sunflower Kiwanis Treasurer John Martel said.
Martel said the flags not only show patriotism and commemorate the tragedy of 9/11 it also helps people in the community and it is the largest fundraiser of the year for the club.
“This helps fund scholarships and organizations around town,” he said.
Pittsburg Fire Department hung an approximately 30 foot by 40 foot flag at the top of a fire engine ladder to remember the firefighters who died after responding to Ground Zero.
“It is something we do so we don’t forget the tragedy that happened,” Pittsburg Fire Department Fire Chief Mike Simons said. “Nearly 3,000 people died and 343 fire fighters died responding and on the job.
“It is one thing we try to do, is remember our fallen firefighters.”
Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall said the flags were a good way to remember the many lives which were lost.
“Pittsburg is a very patriotic community,” he said. “I think we all want to be reminded of that specific day like that [flags].”
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At Ground Zero, thousands of family members, survivors, rescuers and others gathered for the reading of the victims' names at the World Trade Center.
President Donald Trump spoke at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the observance.
"America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will join a long list of vanquished enemies who dared test our mettle," United States President Donald Trump said as he spoke at the Pentagon after observing a moment of silence at the White House.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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