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Richmond commemorates 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

<p>The University of Richmond flag flies at half-staff.&nbsp;</p>

The University of Richmond flag flies at half-staff. 

Twenty years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, memorial events were held across Richmond to commemorate the day that changed American history and honor the people who died. 

The Virginia War Memorial hosted a Patriot Day: 20th Anniversary ceremony, where those attending listened to Gov. Ralph Northam reflect on kindness shown during the horror of the attacks 20 years ago.

Northam had ordered all U.S. and state flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout the day on Sept. 11 earlier in the week. 

Other events on Saturday included the Annual Richmond 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at City Stadium to honor the firefighters who lost their lives responding to the attacks, with attendees climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Mayor Levar Stoney attended the event along with hundreds of others, according to ABC 8.

Elsewhere in Richmond, the Travis Manion Foundation organized a Heroes Run to remember veterans, first responders, civilians and the military of Sept. 11, according to its website

The NASCAR playoff race at the Richmond Raceway on Saturday included many tributes to the 20th anniversary of the attacks, including a salute to first responders with cars that feature causes related to the attacks, according to CBS Sports

Another tribute at the race was the display of a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, and previously included a Henrico county memorial event on Thursday afternoon, according to NBC 12.

The University of Richmond paid tribute to alumni who died in the terror attacks on social media on Saturday. Flowers were placed on benches at Gumenick Quadrangle to honor David Brady, R ‘92, Donald Jones II, R ‘84, Thomas “T.C.” Clark, R ‘86, and Michael Finnegan, R ‘86.

From Oct. 20 through Oct. 25, the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit will be in the Richmond area. The 53-foot tractor-trailer holds an exhibit that aims to inform people across the country about the terror attacks and will be located at Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at 6807 Midlothian Turnpike, according to its website.

Contact City & State editor Eileen Pomeroy at eileen.pomeroy@richmond.edu. 

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