This year marks the 20th anniversary since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Across the United States this Saturday, millions of Americans will look back on the time of devastation to remember and memorialize those who lost their lives at ground zero that day.
Here is a list of local events and memorials in the First State that commemorate Delawareans and Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
The Milton Fire Department and the VFW Broadkiln Post 6984 partner with the Town of Milton for a 9-1-1 Ceremony to honor those who were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This event will start at 10 a.m. at the Milton Memorial Park.
Milton Memorial Park
Chandler Street, Milton
On Friday, September 10, the Dover International Speedway and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will host their annual memorial blood drive. The Dover International Speedway and the Blood Bank of Delmarva have conducted this event for 16 years and will run it this year from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dover Down Hotel & Casino
1131 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover
The University of Delaware welcomes the 9/11 Heroes Run 5k, an annual event that will be held virtually this year. Locals can honor veterans, families and first responders by running a 5K and recording their times.
On Saturday, September 11, locals are encouraged to join in a ride from Wilmington to Atlantic City to honor those fallen during 9/11. Guests should meet at the Indian Motorcycle of Wilmington from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and then will ride to Atlantic City, where the Star-Spangled Banner will play.
Indian Motorcycle of Wilmington
101 Greenbank Rd., Wilmington
On September 10, University of Delaware students, faculty and staff can commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on the north steps of Memorial Hall. The University will display new ribbons and blank ribbons for locals to write special messages about how the attacks impacted their lives. This event starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.
University of Delaware Memorial Hall
170 The Green, Newark
On September 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. locals can meet Michael Megna, a retired Port Authority Police NY/NJ Officer who was on duty at the Holland Tunnel during the attacks. He will discuss his experience and memories of that day as well as answer any questions.
Smyrna Museum Complex
11 S. Main St., Smyrna
The Citizens’ Hose Company and the Smyrna-Clayton Ministerium will honor the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks. There will be a memorial service held at the Smyrna Fire Company at 7 p.m.
Smyrna Fire Company
103 W. Commerce St., Smyrna