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9/11 20th Anniversary Remembered In Massachusetts With Several Events

BOSTON (CBS) - The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks was remembered at several events across Massachusetts Saturday with the largest commemorations coming in Boston.


The ceremony began at 8:30 a.m. with a flag lowering at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, where the annual event hosted by the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund is being held this year. The ceremony had been held at the State House in previous years.

Read: Order of Events from Mass 9/11 Fund

Gov. Charlie Baker once again led the invitation-only event with help from other state and local leaders.

After the American flag was lowered to half-staff to honor those who died, there was a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. to mark the exact time the first plane crashed in Manhattan.

Read: Profiles Of Massachusetts 9/11 Victims

Then, the names of all 206 people with ties to Massachusetts who were killed that day were read aloud.


A short time later, the Madeline Sweeney Award for Bravery was presented to Gardner resident Annette Szivos, who saved a man from drowning.

Sweeney was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to leave Logan Airport and crash into one of the World Trade Center towers in lower Manhattan. She called a ground supervisor and relayed information about the hijackers to investigators.

The commemoration ended around 11 a.m. with a wreath laying ceremony led by acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey.


At 9 a.m. on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, volunteers joined 9/11 and military families to put together 750 care packages for local troops and veterans in need. They'll also made 75 "kindness blankets.'' The event was organized by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and Project 351.


At 11 a.m. at the Charlestown Navy Yard, the USS Constitution went for a trip around Boston Harbor with Medal of Honor recipients on board.

The public was invited to come to the USS Constitution Museum to help built 1,000 care pouches for new sailors and Coast Guardsmen.


The annual American Red Cross 9/11 Day of Service Blood Drive returned to Fenway Park after a year away due to the pandemic.

Anyone who donated got a cup of Legal Sea Foods chowder and a discounted tour of Fenway.


At Ashburton Park at the State House, there was a ceremony at the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial. The names for the Ring of Honor were be read. Three-hundred and forty-three New York City firefighters died on 9/11.


Massport does not have any public memorials scheduled at Logan Airport. American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 both left from Logan and were heading to Los Angeles when they were hijacked by terrorists who flew them into the World Trade Center towers.

Logan Memorial
The flight departure time of American Airlines Flight 11 at the Logan Airport 9-11 Memorial in Boston. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

However, the 9/11 Memorial at the airport is open to everyone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, click here.


Duxbury dedicated a new memorial at the town's fire station at 8:30 a.m. Several cities and towns also hosted their own events Saturday.

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