Staff Reports

Columbus will observe the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with a remembrance ceremony at Columbus City Hall.

The ceremony will begin at 8:40 a.m. Monday and a moment of silence will be observed to correspond with the attacks, beginning at 8:46 a.m., the time the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center. The ceremony is expected to last about 30 minutes.

It will include an emergency responder radio dispatch to honor the first responders and citizens who lost their lives at the attacks at the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people died during the attacks.

Members of the Columbus police and fire department color guard will take part in the ceremony, and several city officials will speak at the event.

Central Middle School eighth-graders are placing American flags on the lawn of City Hall, one for each of the lives lost on Sept. 11.