As Americans across the nation paused at 8:46 a.m. to observe a national moment of silence, there were several events across Eastern Carolina where neighbors remembered the lives lost in the terror attacks side by side.
Jacksonville: the Onslow Civic Affairs Committee started a service at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at the 9/11 Memorial on Camp Johnson, near the Beirut Memorial. Those in attendance honored the 8:46 a.m. national moment of silence ending in a chorus of sirens from local first responders. A part of the Second Marine Division Band, the Jacksonville High School Cardinal String Ensemble and the Northside High School Choir was also on hand.
New Bern: A luncheon honored local first responders about 11:30 a.m. at the New Bern Fire Rescue Department at 1401 Neuse Boulevard. Ceremonies included bagpiping, a pledge of allegiance, and lunch. Chick-Fil-A meal cards were provided for local emergency responders.
Havelock: Neighbors gathered at the 9/11 Memorial site on Highway 70 to join the national moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.
Kinston: Service at 10 a.m. in Pearson Park.
Seymour Johnson Air Force Base: Ceremony began at 8:30 a.m. with a 21 gun salute, a photo slide show of events from 9/11 attacks, and speakers from the 4th Civil Engineer and Security Forces Squadrons. The Air Force base also hosted a 24-hour race around the Three Eagles Golf Course.
Nearly 3,000 lives were lost after the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001.
Four planes were hijacked by al-Qaida extremists that morning.
The first plane, Flight 11, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46 a.m.
Flight 175 hit the South Tower at 9:03 that morning.
A third flight crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
The passengers on Flight 93 fought back to gain control over the attackers on board and crashed the plane into an open field in the western part of Pennsylvania.
In 2012, al-Qaida linked militants attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya killing the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
This year, another blast hit the same coastal city in Libya, damaging Libya's Foreign Ministry building and the Libyan Central Bank.