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Firefighters work beneath the destroyed mullions, the vertical struts that once faced the outer walls of the World Trade Center towers, Sept. 11, 2001, after the terrorist attack on the twin towers in New York.

Wednesday marks the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people in 2001.

The following events will take place to commemorate the anniversary:

Montana Military Museum

The Montana Military Museum will make a special opening on Wednesday, to recognize the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and U.S. efforts to combat terrorism.

The museum is located on historic Fort William Henry Harrison and invites the public to view the small exhibit developed in response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. A special opening is on Wednesday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The museum is normally open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and special hours upon request. On display is the Special 9/11 Commemoration Flag containing all the names of those who were lost, and a book of remembrance is available for signing.

Currently on display at the Helena Armed Forces Reserve Center at Fort Harrison is the Fallen Soldier Memorial dedicated to Montana’s losses in the Global War On Terror in actions as Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn and Afghanistan’s Operation Enduring Freedom. This is available during normal operating hours.

The Fallen Soldier Memorial and Boots On The Ground is provided by the Robert Koontz Family and others who designed and built the memorial to Montana’s fallen soldiers who have died in the Global War on Terror from 2001 to the present.

The Montana Military Museum is located at Montana National Guard Training Center. Entry is through the main gate on Williams Street. The Museum complex is located on Mt. Majo Street to the right past the Fort Harrison Military entrance. Look for the signs, and outside museum displays.

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Ceremony at the Capitol

On Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda, elected officials and first responders will hold an annual remembrance ceremony to honor those lost in 2001 and current first responders.

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Speakers include Gov. Steve Bullock and Helena Mayor Wilmot Collins.

Flags ordered at half staff

Bullock has ordered flags flown at half staff issuing the following proclamation:

"I hereby order all flags flown in the State of Montana to be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, in honor of all those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and in observance of Patriot Day and National Day of Service.

"On the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are reminded of how much we lost, of the brave first responders and citizens who gave their lives to save others, and the men and women of the Armed Forces who continue to carry out the mission we asked of them. We owe an enormous debt to these Americans for ensuring the safety of our communities and upholding the freedoms and values of the United States. Today is not only about mourning, but a reminder of the promises we made to these heroes and a recommitment to make good on those promises."

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