CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Wednesday marked the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the day was commemorated with events throughout the Tri-State.
Nearly 3,000 people died Sept. 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked four planes.
They flew two of them into the World Trade Center skyscrapers in New York City and a third into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
A fourth plane crashed in a rural field in Shanksville, PA. Passengers on the flight from New Jersey to California fought back against the terrorists. Officials concluded the terrorists were headed toward Washington D.C.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all flags in the state be placed at half staff sunrise to sunset.
He also called for all Ohioans to observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. in remembrance of all the lives.
Wednesday morning several people marked the fateful date in American history by running across the Purple People Bridge from Cincinnati to Newport holding American flags.
In the northern Cincinnati suburbs, police fire and military spoke at a service at the 9/11 Memorial across from 822 Memorial Dr. in Lebanon near the Warren County Courthouse.
Wednesday morning the 5th Annual 9/11 Stair Run got underway at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.
Proceeds benefit the 911 memorial fund for scholarships provided to student veterans at UC.
The Northern Kentucky Firefighters Association and the Newport Fire/EMS Department held a 10 a.m. ceremony at the World Peace Bell site at 425 York St. in Newport.
Another ceremony took place at 10 a.m. at Chesterwood Village off Tylersville Road near Cox Road in West Chester Township.
West Chester Fire Chief Rick Prinz sounded the horn to launch the ceremony which was followed by the West Chester Christian Daycare and Mars Hill Academy Choir singing patriotic songs.
The West Chester VFW 7696 raised the American flag while community leaders delivered patriotic messages.
“This ceremony is an ode to our first responders, medical personnel and veterans who have made sacrifices to ensure our safety,” director of community relations for the Hillandale Family of Communities Jane Gegner said.
Union Township Fire Rescue posted on their Facebook page Wednesday morning a remembrance of the fighter fighters whose lives were lost on Sept. 11.
In Hamilton, the Butler County Safety Service Sept. 11 Memorial Service’s ceremony is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Firefighter’s Memorial next to the log cabin on Monument Ave.