Patriot Day events in southeast MO on 9/11

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Several events to observe Patriot Day on Saturday, September 11 will happen in the area.

Saturday marks the 20th year anniversary since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives after four planes were hijacked by terrorists. Two planes crashed into the New York World Trade Center and one into the Pentagon. Another crashed at Shanksville, Pennsylvania. A total of 2,977 people were killed.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome to shine red and blue beginning on Sept. 11 in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

“On the 20th anniversary of one of the darkest days in our nation’s history, we remember the heroes lost during the 9/11 attacks,” Governor Parson said. “This Saturday, we will light the Capitol red and blue in honor of all the firefighters, law enforcement officers, first responders, and all Americans who risked their own lives and made the ultimate sacrifice, without hesitation, to help their fellow Americans.”

The dome will light up at sunset on Saturday and remain lit until sunrise Sunday in honor of the victims of the September 11 attacks and in remembrance of the heroes who gave everything.

Cape Girardeau, MO

Southeast Missouri State University observed Patriot Day with a 20th Year Commemoration Ceremony from 7:40-8:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 in front of Academic Hall. The Southeast community and public was invited to attend.

At 7:44 a.m., the Southeast Show Band performed the “The Star-Spangled Banner” as Show-Me Gold program participants and Air Force ROTC cadets raise the flag. The flag was lowered to half-staff as “Taps” is played, followed by a moment of silence. Local law enforcement, fire, first responders and military personnel was honored with a special recognition at the conclusion of the ceremony.

On Sept. 11, 2001, 2,977 people lost their lives after four planes were hijacked by terrorists. Two of them crashed into the New York World Trade Center and one into the Pentagon. Another crashed at Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The ceremony in front of Academic Hall is an ongoing effort by the University community to ensure that Americans never forget the fallen, first responders and military members who sacrificed their time and lives due to the terrorist attacks.

The ceremony took place amid a backdrop of 2,977 American flags placed in the lawn of Academic Hall by students and staff, the Office of Military and Veterans Services (OMVS) and Show-Me Gold and Air Force ROTC Detachment 205 cadets.

This year’s 20th Year Commemoration also included a Heroes Challenge at the Student Recreation Center Sept. 9-10. Participants attempted to climb 1,920 steps, the equivalent to the number of stairs firemen climbed during rescue attempts. This event was open to all students, staff and faculty.


The Avenue of Flags will be on display at Cape County Park on Patriot Day, Sept. 11. Come experience this Cape County tradition.

Perryville, MO

9/11 Tribute – 20th Anniversary at the Missouri National Veteran’s Memorial in Perryville, Mo. Lights representing the Twin Towers will shine from behind the Wall from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tributes to emergency response members will be throughout the grounds.

Carbondale, IL

The City of Carbondale will host a Patriot Day Ceremony on Saturday, September 11, at 9 a.m. to show appreciation for our nation’s first responders and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks. The brief ceremony will be held at the flagpole in front of Altgeld Hall on the SIU campus and will feature a guest speaker, flag-lowering service, Honor Guard, and prayer. The Patriot Day Ceremony will conclude with a moment of silence and the ringing of a bell at 9:28 a.m., the local time the North Tower collapsed in New York City. There will be a limited number of chairs available during the ceremony. The City encourages attendees to bring their own chair and socially distance during the event.

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