ELYRIA — Today marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, and several area churches have joined together to commemorate the day when so many died, and other lives were forever changed.
Listen for bells to ring throughout Elyria at about 8:45 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:43 a.m. and 10 a.m. today.
Each ring will coincide when a plane crashed into a building or in one case, an open field.
The first bell will ring in memory of American Airlines Flight 11 being flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center; the second bell in memory of United Airlines Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center; the third chime will be in honor of the people wounded and killed by American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon; and the final toll will be for United Airlines Flight 93, which went down in a field about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
Tonight, there will be a special service at 7 p.m. in Ely Square to remember those who died Sept. 11, 2001, and for those who have served the U.S. in the War on Terror.
The event is open to the public and those in attendance will have the opportunity to create a luminaria in honor of those who died Sept. 11, 2001, or those who gave their own life serving our country protecting our freedom.