(Seguin) -- The Seguin Fire/EMS Department paused for a moment Monday to remember those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The brief and mostly private ceremony is hosted each year quietly at the Central Fire Station in downtown Seguin.
Fire Chief Dale Skinner led the ceremony by reciting the details of that fateful morning.
"Early in the morning on Sept. 11, 2001, 19 hijackers took over four commercial jet liners in route to San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C. At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight No. 11 ran into the World Trade Center’s North Tower, followed by United Airlines flight No. 175 which hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. Another group of hijackers flew American Airlines flight 77 into the Pentagon at 9:38 a.m. A fourth flight, United Airlines 93 into Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:10 after the passengers on board engaged in a fight with the hijackers. Its intended target is believed to be either the United States Capital or the White House," said Skinner.
The passengers on the planes were killed instantly in the attacks, as were the many people who were on the other sides of the walls of the buildings that were attacked. And then there were all the deaths of the emergency workers -- fire fighters and police officers who worked to save lives in New York City and Washington, D.C.
"There were a total of 2,996 lives lost that day -- of those lost 246 were on the four airplanes, 2,606 in the Twin Towers and on the ground in New York City and 125 in the Pentagon. A total of 411 emergency workers died that day because they attempted to rescue people and fight fires," said Skinner.
The Seguin Fire/EMS Department's 9/11 ceremony also included a bell ringing to remember those who were lost that day, and a flag raising ceremony.