RALEIGH, N.C. — The Triangle paused Monday morning to mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives in New York, Washington and rural Pennsylvania.
The Raleigh Police Department color guard lowered the flags in Nash Square, across from Raleigh City Hall, to half-staff at 8:46 a.m., the time the first hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center.
A small crowd of people attended the service before heading off to work.
"I came here out of respect for the people who were killed that day," one woman said.
"This is America paying homage and tribute to the losses and the people who sacrificed their lives in service to others," said Maj. Mike Teem of the Raleigh Police Department.
At all 26 Raleigh Fire Department stations, firefighters stood in front of their trucks for a moment of silence just before 10 a.m. At 9:59 a.m., fire dispatch sent out incident tones over the radio, marking the moment when the World Trade Center south tower collapsed in New York five years ago.
In Fayetteville, at Fort Bragg, one of the largest military complexes in the world, soldiers stood in salute in remembrance of the victims of the terrorist attacks. More than 26,000 Fort Bragg soldiers are deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas in the Middle East.
Other memorial services were held throughout the Triangle area, including both Duke University and North Carolina Central University in Durham, and the Exploris museum in Raleigh.