9/11 Ceremony of Remembrance 2021

Saturday, September 11, 2021 | 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Augustine Fire Department

The City of St. Augustine holds a community gathering to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

101 Malaga St, St. Augustine, FL, 32084
(904) 825-0198
  • Each year, the City of St. Augustine holds an Annual Ceremony of Remembrance, a community gathering to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This year, which marks the 20th anniversary, the ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, September 11, 2021, at the St. Augustine Fire Department station No. 1 on Malaga Street.

    The City will dedicate a "Survivor Tree" sapling, which has been planted in front of the fire station. The sapling is a direct descendant of a single surviving Callery pear tree, known as the Survivor Tree, discovered at Ground Zero in October 2001. The tree was severely damaged, with snapped roots and burned and broken branches, but it was rehabilitated by the New York City Department of Parks and given a chance at new life.

    A piece of steel recovered from the World Trade Center site will be dedicated alongside the Survivor Tree.

    After the Survivor Tree dedication, a 15-minute program will include a presentation of the colors and formal remarks by local dignitaries. The public is invited and encouraged to participate in the community ceremony.

    There will be a moment of silence at 8:45 a.m., timed to coincide with the time the first plane hit the first tower of the World Trade Center in 2001. After the moment of silence, the St. Augustine Fire Department's historic 1900 fire bell will ring in four intervals of five rings each, which is a tradition called "Striking the Four 5's." It signifies the last alarm of a firefighter. For information or more details, call the St. Augustine Fire Department at (904) 825-1098.

    Admission: Free.

    When: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021

    Where: The St. Augustine Fire Department Station No. 1 is located at 101 Malaga Street, St. Augustine, 32084.

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