LA QUINTA — On Wednesday, Sept. 11, some 18 years after the deadly terror attacks on the World Trade Center, a 9/11 Candlelight Vigil will be held in this community.
The 9/11 Candlelight Vigil will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Civic Center Campus, 78495 Calle Tampico.
Residents are encouraged to join your neighbors at the September 11 Candlelight Vigil to honor the victims of the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA terror attacks. This event will feature musical performances, speeches by local dignitaries, and public art composed from World Trade Center building remnants.
Al-Qaeda, an Islamic terrorist group, carried out a series of coordinated attacks against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people, injured more than 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.
In the months and years afterward, more people died of 9/11-related cancer and respiratory diseases.
Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan.
Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed. Debris and the resulting fires caused a partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures.
A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, which led to a partial collapse of the building’s west side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was initially flown toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers thwarted the hijackers.
9/11 is the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively.
For more information about the 9/11 candlelight vigil, please call (760) 777-7093.
- Sept. 11 Memorial: Image by Frank Nürnberger from Pixabay