How Austin remembered 9/11 and the lives lost in the line of duty


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Several ceremonies to remember the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks took place Friday in and around Austin, but COVID-19 changed how many will operate.

The Austin Fire Department live streamed its ceremony on YouTube from the Buford Tower in downtown Austin.

The Austin Police Department’s Pipe and Drum Corps live streamed its ceremony from the Texas State Cemetery. It was scheduled to start at 8:59 a.m., the time the first tower at the World Trade Center in New York City collapsed after impact.

The Kempner VFW Post 3393 held its ceremony beginning at noon. It’s at 424 County Road 4931 in Kempner, and organizers say there are activities for all ages, and live bands performed throughout the day.

The Taylor Fire Department’s ceremony help kicked off the high school football game from Duck Stadium between the Taylor Ducks and Giddings at 7 p.m.

A hockey game in Cedar Park featuring first responders and military veterans dropped the puck at 8:15 p.m. from the Chaparral ice rink in The Crossover. Organizers say the group putting on the event, the Austin First Responders Hockey Club, has grown from 13 to more than 100 members over the past year. The game is to honor those who died in the line of duty responding to the attacks.

With everything else going on, the COVID-19 pandemic has sadly canceled some ceremonies. AFD’s Mount Bonnell climb, as well as the climb up the Pleasant Valley drill tower, have been called off.

At the national level, we will have coverage of the 9/11 remembrance ceremony from New York City livestreamed on our Facebook page.

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