Twelve years after jets hijacked by terrorists slammed into New York’s World Trade Center, The Pentagon and a western Pennsylvania countryside, rescue workers were joined by residents in Cape Ann’s towns Wednesday in remembering the horror of Sept. 11, 2001 — and saluting those who lost their lives that day.
Fire Department squads and other emergency responders in Manchester and Essex hosted ceremonies Wednesday morning, approximating the time that terrorists carried out the attacks that involved four planes — two of which had taken off from Logan International. The death toll that day included 52-year-old Ralph Francis Kershaw of Manchester, who was aboard United Flight 175, the second plane that crashed into the World Trade Center.
In Rockport, the town’s Fire Department hosted its annual Sept. 11 commemorative ceremony and service Wednesday night. And while Gloucester officials decided not to host a formal public ceremony, the city’s Fire Department and Police Department held and presented their own services.
The Fire Department sounded a bell and broadcast a rescue call Wednesday morning at the times of the attacks, while Gloucester Police Officer Mark Foote decorated the police memorial adjacent to the station for Sept. 11, with a presentation that included tributes to the Boston Marathon terrorist victims as well.
Privately, a number of residents and local businesses, including the Times, displayed their American flags at half staff. And Manchester resident Carol Williams and friends, visiting Gloucester Wednesday afternoon, took it upon themselves to carve out a 9/11 memorial of their own and displayed it on Pavilion Beach at Stacy Boulevard.
Williams, who said she attended the morning ceremony in Manchester, said they wanted to present some type of 9/11 tribute when they learned that the city of Gloucester did not host a public ceremony.