10th anniversary of 9-11 marked in St. John's

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Flags flying in front of city hall in St. John's. — Photo by Andrew Robinson/ The Telegram

The City of St. John’s marked the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001 by lowering a trio of flags in front of city hall on Sunday morning.

Mayor Dennis O’Keefe and Austin Mercer, a commissioner with the city, lowered the American, Canadian, and City flags at 10:16 a.m. That moment coincided with the exact time 10 years ago that the first of two airplanes struck the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

“We just hope there’s a brighter future for everybody, and maybe this symbolic lowering of the flag and in particular the nestling of the American flag between the city flag and Canadian flag is indicative of the terrific relationship that we have between the city, the United States, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Canada,” said the mayor.

Half a dozen people were on hand for the lowering of the flags.

For more details, read Monday’s edition of The Telegram.


See archival photos of the attacks and response to them or find more stories on 9-11 and the decade that has followed within our Special Report, "9-11: 10 Years Later."

Or read personal memories of Sept. 11, 2001 and leave your thoughts at our memorial page "Remembering 9-11."



Twitter: TeleAndrew

Organizations: World Trade Centre

Geographic location: St. John's, United States, Newfoundland and Labrador Canada

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  • Stephen Carmona
    September 11, 2011 - 13:04

    I am a US citizen, listening to a story on the news about St John's on 9-11. I'd like to thank the people of St John's for everything they did helping the travelers who were stranded there. You are an amazing group of people.

    • Robert Burton
      September 11, 2011 - 14:03

      Ten years ago today, I was piloting a Delta B-676 for Delta Air Lines from Madrid to New York and diverted into Saint John's. The people of Canada could not have been more kind and supportive to me and my passengers. I wanted to write and just say thank you. God Bless Canada and the people of Saint Johns. Respectfully, Robert D. Burton Charleston, South Carolina, USA colonelburton@ymail.com