September 11, 2017
Sixteen years after the terror attacks on America, citizens of the greater Portsmouth area will have the opportunity to pause and remember the world-changing events of September 11, 2001.
Next Monday, September 11th, 2017, police and fire, along with the citizens they protect, will take time out of their work day to assemble and commemorate the terrorist attacks in New York City, and Washington, D.C., and the bravery of the passengers that went down with the plane in Shanksville, PA. We honor the heroism of fire, police and ordinary citizens as they responded to that catastrophe and the loss of 3,000 people.
A memorial service will be held outside Police Headquarters/Portsmouth City Hall on the morning of September 11th to honor the memory of the fallen heroes and victims. The service will start at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center towers in New York City.
Businesses, residents, and visitors are invited to join police and fire personnel for the brief memorial service. Portsmouth Chief of Police Robert Merner, who was at Ground Zero in New York within hours of the attack, and worked for many days at that crime scene, will speak at Portsmouth’s Memorial Observance. You are encouraged to bring a flower or bouquet of any type to lay at the foot of the 9/11 Steel Artifact as a visible reminder of your attendance to honor their memory.
The commemoration ceremonies will honor the two thousand five hundred and seven civilians, seventy two law enforcement officers, three hundred forty three firefighters, ten emergency medical workers, and fifty five military service personnel who lost their lives, or gave their lives saving others. The City of Portsmouth was directly impacted by the 9/11 attacks by the loss of American Airlines’ co-pilot Tom McGuinness, a Portsmouth resident, who was flying American Airlines flight #11, the first plane flown into the tower.
Everyone is encouraged to take a few minutes, and acknowledge the loss to the country and the victim’s families…and mark the day, and remember.