THE PEOPLE of Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk will turn thoughts and hearts to Americans living in this country and in the US as the weekend marks the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 atrocity when nearly 3,000 lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on New York’s twin towers.
Thousands of servicemen are still based at Mildenall and Lakenheath and for generations have been welcomed as part our community.
On Sunday, the anniversary of the attacks, there will be a minutes silence at St Edmundsbury Cathedral
It is expected that prayers for those who lost their lives will be said at other churches across West Suffolk, including St Mary’s Church at Mildenhall.
The flag of St Edmundsbury Borough Council will fly at half-mast and a special message from Mayor, Cllr Christopher Spicer, has been sent to the Mayor of New York.
Forest Heath Council will fly America’s national flag on Sunday at half-mast as a sign of respect.
A service at RAF Mildenhall will be held this morning.
A Patriot Day event was due to be held starting at 8.30am the 9/11 memorial at Patriot Park.
The event, organised by the base fire department, included a formation of Team Mildenhall firefighters and security forces; a brief moment of silence at 8.46am to signify when the first plane struck the first tower and reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance by flag-waving children from Lakenheath Elementary School and childhood development centre.
The school’s acting principal Ms Lucille Sutherland said her pupils were very much looking forward to taking part.
And this afternoon at 3.30pm at RAF Lakenheath, the 48th Fighter Wing will host a remembrance ceremony in honour of all the lives lost on September 11.
During the event, members of the Liberty wing’s fire department and security forces squadron will conduct a formal retreat ceremony to fellow emergency service workers who died on that day ten years ago.
The death toll on 9/11 was 2,996, including 19 hijackers. Of those 246 died on the four planes, 2,606 in the towers and on the ground and 125 at the Pentagon, including 55 military personnel. Citzens came from 90 different countries.