DERRY — Never forget.
That message remains constant every year as the nation remembers what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.
This year, the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, brought out fire and police officials, along with community members to honor the fallen, with little fanfare due to the ongoing pandemic, but a lot of tributes and memorials to remember that day.
Small ceremonies, many not open to the public, were held around the region.
In Derry, fire and police officials and crews gathered at the Central Fire Station, with a moment of silence observed at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Derry fire Chief Michael Gagnon, along with Derry police Chief Edward Garone, then laid a wreath in front of the fire station, while another fire official struck a bell. Fire crews stood alongside the building in tribute. A flag was also raised on the station’s pole, then lowered to half staff as part of the brief ceremony.