Three hundred forty-six firefighters and paramedics were killed during the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.


In memory of their fallen brothers and sisters, the Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Department will commemorate that day with a ceremony at 8:58 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11. The public is invited to join the ceremony at local fire stations, according to a news release.


The ceremony will include a moment of silence. 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, if present, may choose to make brief remarks. The flag will be lowered according to local, state or national proclamation. Community involvement is optional.


When assembled, participants will maintain silence. At 8:59 a.m., the time of the South Tower Collapse at New York on 9/11, sirens will be sounded for one minute. At 9 a.m., one minute of complete silence will be observed followed by the dismissal of the gathering.


“The September 11 attacks (often referred to as September 11th or 9/11) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001,” according to the news release. “On that morning, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners.”


“The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. The fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville in rural Pennsylvania after some of its passengers and flight crew attempted to retake control of the plane, which the hijackers had redirected toward Washington, D.C. There were no survivors from any of the flights,” according to the release.