City of Westerville hosting special observance of the 20th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11

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The City of Westerville is hosting a special evening observance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at First Responders Park, 374 W. Main St. The exhibits will be on display from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12. 

Two decades after the deadliest attacks on U.S. soil, Westerville residents will gather to reflect on the world-changing events of 9/11 and discuss their hopes for the future.

Attendees will walk through First Responders Park taking in exhibits honoring what life was like before the attacks, the events of that tragic day and the heroes who stood up to terror and who ran toward danger to help. Live musicians and storytellers will set the tone for the immersive, self-guided observance. 

Attendees will hear from Westerville students who were not yet born when the attacks occurred, yet whose entire lives have been shaped in the aftermath. Then, every attendee will be given the opportunity to declare their decision to “choose HOPE” for a better tomorrow. This is a free event.

Please note that some footage of the attacks and immediate aftermath thereof will be displayed at this event in the interest of accurately conveying the impact. Personal and parental discretion is advised. For more information, please call (614) 901-6548. 

The Westerville Chaplain Corps will host their daytime observance with the theme, “20th Anniversary: Remembering by Moving Forward” starting at noon Saturday, Sept. 11 at First Responders Park.