Twenty years have passed and the images are still as shocking and excruciating as they were on September 11, 2001. The triumvirate of the Twin Towers, Flight 93 and the attack on the Pentagon cost the nation thousands of lives, spawned two decades of war in Afghanistan and solved it the phrase “never forget” from.
And how can we This terrible event is full of terror – but also heroism. Who can forget the pictures of firefighters marching towards the towers, search dogs desperately looking for survivors, or families sending loved ones to war? A small win was a renewed and lasting respect for first responders in the United States
Here in Houston, tons of events offer locals a chance to celebrate the anniversary. May we really never forget.
Laurens Garden Commemoration Tour pays tribute to one of the most notable victims of September 11th in Houston: Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, a then 38-year-old who was lost on United Flight 93. The city of Houston was cultivating Lauren’s Garden in Market Square Park (301 Milam St.) in honor of Grandcolas and the other victims of the attack. This scenic bike ride takes you leisurely around town, stopping at murals for photos, and walks through the garden. The drivers will stop in the garden for a moment of remembrance. 7am.
The Cy-Fair fire departmentThere will be a 9/11 memorial service at Ward 11 of the department. Chief Amy Ramon will comment, followed by a minute’s silence and a radio message in honor of the first responders. Light refreshments and coffee are provided. 7:30 a.m.
The Woodlands Parish organizes two commemorative events. The Patriot Day of Remembrance event will be held at the Woodlands Fire Department Central Station and will include a ceremony honoring all victims of the September 11th attacks.
In the meantime, First Aid Day begins in the afternoon and features a community meeting with an honor guard and a color display for first aiders. 7:30 a.m.
The 5K run / walk known as the the 11th annual Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run starts at City Hall at 8 a.m. and runs through downtown Houston before returning to City Hall. HPD, HFD, and other participants honor those who fell in 9/11 and the victims of the thousands of soldiers and first responders who have lost their lives since then. 8 o’clock.
The League City volunteer fire brigade is hosting the event his annual Memorial Stair Climb at Clear Creek ISD’s Challenger Stadium. Firefighters in full gear and anyone who wants to join in, climb 110 steps, the same number in the World Trade Center buildings. Free participation or participation. 8 o’clock.
In Conroe, the Montgomery County Veterans Memorial Commission, Montgomery County Fire Chief Association, and Texans United for Freedom will hold a free event to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks. It takes place at Veterans Memorial Park in Conroe. 8 o’clock.
the City of Tomball Hold a free ceremony in downtown Tomball to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The ceremony will include a procession of first responders and color guards from the tomball fire and police departments. Lunch is provided by the Tomball Rotary Club for all first responders, veterans, and the military on active duty. 8:30 am.
In the Lone Star Flight Museum “Never forget: Commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11“Commemorates and honors the 2,977 people killed in the attacks, including first responders and brave men and women who risked their own lives and sacrificed to save others. The names of each of these people will cover the gallery walls – the foot of a World Trade Center I-Beam will be on display at 10 a.m.
Katy VFW Post 9182 and other organizations will commemorate 9/11 with a ceremony, prayer service, and picnic for veterans and the community. First responders from the Katy area receive awards, including some selected by their peers who receive cash rewards. The free picnic is open to veterans, their families, and the entire community. 10 am.
Bosscat kitchen & libation will offer first responders a free meal. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics or paramedics who appear in the restaurant with a badge or in uniform receive a free meal for brunch or dinner. The offer is valid until Sunday, September 12th, for all first aiders who work on Saturday and cannot participate.
Local muralist Donkeeboy has unveiled his newest mural in collaboration with LyondellBasell. The massive one Never forget Mural (located at 811 Caroline St.) was painted in honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 to celebrate first responders across the country.
MECA will host a 9/11 Day of Service where the participants will design an ofrenda (Día De Los Muertos Altar) in honor of those who died on 9/11. Activities include making important decorations like the cempasuchil (paper flowers) and setting up the ofrenda.
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts Spring has “September 11, 2001: The Day That Changed the World”, an educational exhibition (in the Judith Ann Smith Foyer) that describes the September 11, 2001 attacks in detail in 14 prints. The exhibition will feature archive photos and artifacts from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Free of charge, but donations are welcome. 10 am.
The Kingwood Chant will work with Resound! and the St. Annenchor for a special commemorative performance for the 20th anniversary of Mozart’s “Requiem in D minor”. The free concerts take place at St. Anne Catholic Church in Houston and the First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood. The St. Anne Concert takes place on Saturday and the First Presbyterian Concert takes place on Sunday. 4 p.m.
In Clear Lake Park, the architect Michael Porterfield will build the 25 foot tall Rotary Peace Memorialwhich bears the inscription “Peace through Understanding” in eight languages on its pages.
The memorial is during a Patriot day Event hosted by Precinct 2 and the Rotary Club of Greater Houston Veterans (with support from the Pasadena and Space Center Rotary Clubs). Expect food, 9/11 art and educational exhibits, and resources for veterans and first responders, including dozens of organizations that support veterans and veteran-owned businesses.
Sonia Flew, a play by Melinda Lopez and presented by TEATRX, a LatinX theater company, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and highlight the diversity of the LatinX community and its stories. The gripping story, presented for free at the Holocaust Museum Houston, is about a family affected by the war and politics of September 11th / 5:30 pm.