Remembrance ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11, 8:55 a.m.

The Fermilab Fire Department is holding a remembrance ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11, for those who died as a result of the terrorist attacks in 2001. Fermilab employees and users are invited to attend in person or virtually. Photo: Christopher Fioretto, ESH&Q

This year marks the 19th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks that occurred on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Every year following tragedy, the Fermilab Fire Department conducted an annual private ceremony on Sept. 11 at 8:59 a.m. Central time, marking the time when the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed, on the front apron of the laboratory fire house.

In September 2014, the Fire Department requested that the small ceremony be held near Wilson Hall, in front of the United States Flag located by Swan Lake. Word spread quickly about this memorial, and attendance has grown dramatically each year.

The members of the Fermilab Fire Department would like to invite Fermilab employees and users, whether on site or working from home, to the ceremony to remember those who lost their lives as a result of the attacks that day.

Please join us on Friday, Sept. 11, known as Patriot Day, at 8:55 a.m. as we pay our respects and remember all those that have perished in result of this tragic event. You may attend by meeting at the flag pole by Wilson Hall (while practicing social distancing) or virtually through Zoom.

If you’d like to join virtually, email me at for Zoom information for the event.

Steve Hernandez is a lieutenant in the Fermilab Fire Department.