FIRE stations across Greater Manchester will observe a
minute's silence this Sunday to mark the 10th
anniversary of the 9/11 attacks which resulted in the deaths of
nearly 3000 people - including 343 firefighters attending the Twin
Towers in New York.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service will be marking the
anniversary by opening the doors of their 41 fire stations across
the county to allow the public to pay their respects.
Each station will be holding a minute's silence at 1.46pm - the
UK time when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the north tower of the
World Trade Center - the first of four hijacked planes used as
missiles that day. Refreshments will be available following the
County Fire Officer and Chief Executive Steve McGuirk, said: "I,
like many others, vividly recall the events of 10 years ago and the
scale of the horror that unfolded.
"It is important that everyone at Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service has an opportunity to pay their respects to the
victims of the terrorist attacks in which we lost so many of our
"Each of our stations will be opened up to the public from
1.30pm in preparation for the commemoration and everyone is welcome
to join with our staff in marking this sad anniversary."
In addition to the minute's silence at each fire station, three
larger commemorative events will also be taking place across the
The service will begin at 1.30pm, to observe a minute's silence
at 1.46pm, and is expected to last no more than half an hour.
Refreshments will be available afterwards.
Reverend Gray will then walk to Gorton Monastery with an open
invitation for any guests to join him.