Michiana is joining the world in paying tribute to the nearly 3,000 men and women who died 11 years ago today, Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists with Al Qaeda led the biggest attack on American soil.
Special ceremonies are being held here and all across the country to remember the victims and their families.
Three women with ties to our area died on 9/11.
Kathy Nicosia from South Bend was a flight attendant on the first plane to hit the World Trade Center.
Karen Juday moved from Elkhart to New York to be with her fiance.
And Adams High School graduate Katie McCloskey worked on the 97th floor of the first tower hit.
Her name was read this morning at Ground Zero.
Here are some of the events in St. Joseph County commemorating 9/11:
- South Bend Fire Department held a memorial service Tuesday morning at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial, Seitz Park at the East Race Waterway. Honor guards led the ceremony to honor the victims and heroes of the 9/11 attacks, to remember those who gave their lives to save others, and to honor and support the men and women who work to continue to preserve freedoms both here and abroad. There was a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the first World Trade Center tower. The ceremony included a presentation of the colors, last alarm, wreath placement and taps.
- The public was also invited to commemorate the events of 9/11 and to honor those who lost their lives that day at a ceremony at St. Patrick's County Park, 50651 Laurel Road in Clay Township Tuesday morning. Clay firefighters along with area firefighters and emergency service personnel joined for the traditional "Ringing of the Bell" ceremony and to honor those who lost their lives during the attacks on the country 11 years ago. The ceremony took place at the Freedom Memorial, which was dedicated Sept. 11, 2003, and includes a sculpture titled "Standing Tall" and a section of a steel beam from Ground Zero in New York City.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9820 will conduct a "Post Everlasting 9/11 Remembrance Service" at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 4829 Linden Ave. Felipe Tijerina is the commander. Planned are a lighting of the candles, reading of the names and taps.
- Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 2307 Elwood Ave., will have a 9/11 community prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Information: 574-229-8808.
- Two events called "Good deeds united us on 9/11" are planned in recognition of the National Day of Service. The first will be a Unity Gardens discussion and project preparation from 8 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Student Housing Lodge, 1735 Titan Drive. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at LaSalle Square Unity Garden, 3701 Prast Blvd., there will be a service project of mulching, weeding, digging and sheet mulching. Participants should take gardening gloves and a reusable water bottle with them. Snacks will be provided. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Saint Mary's College will have a candlelight service for the National Day of Mourning and Remembrance at 9 p.m. Tuesday on the Library Green, west of the Cushwa-Leighton Library. The public is invited. The event is sponsored by Campus Ministry.
- Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center played host to a 9/11 Prayer and Remembrance Ceremony late Tuesday morning at the medical center at 5215 Holy Cross Parkway. The program consisted of a welcome, the Pledge of Allegiance, a Scripture reading and reflection, and a prayer for peace. Participants were also invited to attend Mass at noon in the hospital's Our Lady of Fatima Chapel. The ceremony took place at the SJRMC World Trade Center Memorial in the main lobby.
- Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society presented American flags Tuesday (Patriot Day) at the LaPorte Public Library and at Hamilton Grove "The Point" in New Carlisle. Similar ceremonies are planned at 2 p.m. at Corpus Christi Elementary School in South Bend and at 3 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul in South Bend. The presentations are open to the public.