McKINNEY, TX – Where were you on September 11, 2001? For 19 years, people have been asking that question and for many now living in North Texas, the answer is “New York City.” That is one of the many reasons why the McKinney Chamber of Commerce Leadership McKinney Alumni Network hosts an annual event to honor the those who gave their lives and the other victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

This year, the Leadership McKinney Alumni Network will be hosting a three-day event called Patriot Day – A Timeline of Remembrance. Starting on Friday, September 11, and running through Sunday, September 13, those in and around the community will have the opportunity to take a trip back in time and take themselves on a self-guided tour of a timeline of events.

“This event is near and dear to the hearts of Leadership Alumni and we felt it was important to observe this day again this year, despite the current global pandemic,” explained DeeDee Guerra, executive director of Visit McKinney. “The 2001 tragedy is the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history, which resulted in the largest loss of life by a foreign assault on American soil.”

In all, nearly 3,000 people died and over 6,000 were injured during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93. 400 of those were firefighters and police officers.  

“We invite everyone to join us as we remember not only those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001, but also the men, women, and children who needlessly lost their lives that day,” said Lisa Hermes, the president and CEO of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. “It’s vital that we keep the memory of them alive.”

Patriot Day – A Timeline of Remembrance will be set up at Mitchell Park in Historic Downtown McKinney. There will be a wreath laying ceremony on September 11 at 9:30 a.m. That ceremony will be streamed by the Chamber on Facebook Live.