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20th Anniversary Of 9/11 Terror Attacks To Be Commemorated in Ventura County

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Events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 are taking place on Saturday.

Do you remember where you were on 9/11? Saturday will mark the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum is one of a number of venues on the Central and South Coasts to host memorial events for 9/11 on Saturday.

Melissa Giller is marketing director for the library and she says they're paying tribute to the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as military lives lost recently in Kabul.

"We always say, 'never forget'" said Giller. "And we want to make sure that we never forget."

"Ronald Reagan once said, 'We are here to carry on with the task of our fellow countrymen who died,' and that we need to show by our actions that we remember what they died for," said Giller.

The library also has an on-going FBI exhibit (admission rates apply) which has an entire gallery dedicated to 9/11.

Some objects on display include two pieces of the jet engine as well as a piece of the landing gear from United Airlines Flight 175 that was supposed to fly from Boston to LAX but instead was crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center, an FBI jacket from an agent who lost his life in the building collapse, an oral history with an FBI agent who worked the Recovery Response after the attacks and more.

Attendance at the event on Saturday will require proof of vaccination against COVID-19, or a negative PCR test taken within three days of the event.

The events on September 11, 2001 were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamic terrorist group, al-Queda, against the United States.

American Airlines flight 11 was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, and moments later The World Trade Center's South Tower was hit by United Flight 175. Both 110-storey towers collapsed within an hour and 42 minutes.

A third flight, American Airlines flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the west side of the Pentagon building in Virginia.

The fourth aircraft, United flight 93, was flown in the direction of Washington D.C. but did not hit its intended target, crashing into a field in Pennsylvania.

The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and substantial long-term health consequences.

It remains the deadliest terrorist attack in human history.