When you hear sirens Friday morning in and around Southampton, do not be alarmed. There is no emergency, but rather the fire department’s way to remember the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Southampton Fire Chiefs Council announced Tuesday that fire departments will be activating their sirens at the time the hijacked planes hit the towers at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, as well as time the towers collapsed and when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania. Due to COVID-19 there are few opportunities for the public to come together.
“If you hear sirens, this is no cause of concern, as this is to commemorate this major event in our nation’s history,” a notice said. “This will symbolize each department’s tribute to those we have lost in the Twin Towers, Pentagon, Shanksville, PA and those who continue to suffer due to the horrible acts of this day.”
The sirens will be activated as follows: At 8:46 a.m. when the North Tower was hit, 9:03 a.m. when the South Tower was hit, 9:37 a.m. when the Pentagon was hit, 9:59 a.m. when the South Tower collapsed, 10:07 a.m. when Flight 93 crashed, and 10:28 a.m. when the North Tower collapsed.
The council asks that the community take a moment of silence to remember and honor those who lost their lives.