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Schwartz, Jerry, Associated Press. “Explosions stagger nation.” Gloucester Daily Times. September 11, 2001.
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On September 11, four commercial airliners were hijacked. Two crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City and one into the Pentagon. The fourth plane was intended to hit a federal government building in Washington, D.C., but crashed in a field following a passenger revolt. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.

In Gloucester, city emergency personnel were put on alert. Security was increased at the Coast Guard station and the Police/District Court facility. Many residents were concerned about friends and family members who lived in New York City or who were unable to get home due to the suspension of air travel. Prayer services were held in many churches. On September 14, a moment of remembrance was held at 8:48 am, the time when the first plane hit the WTC tower. Church bells were rung, as well as the City Hall bell, which hadn’t been rung since 1995. On September 16, more than 5,000 Gloucester residents took part in a candlelight procession for the victims.

Schwartz, Jerry, Associated Press. "Explosions stagger nation." Gloucester Daily Times. September 11, 2001. Joyner, David. "City is slowed but not stopped." Gloucester Daily Times. September 12, 2001. Taylor, Annie. "Eyewitnesses recount horror, heroes." Gloucester Daily Times. September 13, 2001. Gloucester Daily Times. "Local, national vigils planned to honor dead." September 14, 2001.
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