On Tuesday, Sept. 11, Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department will commemorate 9/11 and invites the community to join the observance at any local city fire station.


“Three hundred forty-six (346) firefighters and paramedics were killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. They didn’t concern themselves with their own safety but unselfishly were more concerned about others even to the point of losing their lives,” a spokesman said in a news release.


On 9/11, terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners and crashed two into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center at New York City. The hijackers crashed a third plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania, according to the release.


“In memory of our fallen brothers and sisters we commemorate that day with a ceremony held on the anniversary, which falls on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The public is welcome to join by stopping at your local fire station,” the spokesman said.


The ceremony will be as follows: moment of silence, 8:58 a.m. All available fire department personnel will assemble at attention in front of the station flag pole (or a central location in front of the building.) A company officer or chaplain may choose to make brief remarks. The flag will be lowered according to local, state or national proclamation. Community involvement is optional. When assembled, maintain silence. At 8:59 a.m. the time of the south tower collapse, sirens will be sounded for one minute. At 9 a.m. there will be one minute of complete silence followed by dismissal.