Local events remember 9/11, invite public

David Zucchino, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author with Fayetteville ties, will speak at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Thursday at 6 p.m. as part of the museum’s commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Zucchino, a 1969 graduate of Terry Sanford High School, will discuss his 20 years of covering Afghanistan for the New York Times and other publications.

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The museum is also hosting a special focus exhibit in its atrium. The exhibit is composed of a segment of the World Trade Center’s steel truss recovered from Ground Zero as well a limestone exterior wall fragment from the Pentagon, donated by the Military District of Washington Engineer Company (later renamed the 911th for supporting rescue efforts at The Pentagon on 9/11).

“It is dedicated to the 2,977 victims who perished on that day, the thousands of first responders who suffered long-term health complications and the military service members who answered the call to defend America’s freedom,” said Renee Lane, executive director of the Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation. “Since that day, more than 7,000 military service members have made the ultimate sacrifice and more than 50,000 have been wounded in action while fighting in the Global War on Terror.”

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Tomorrow is the last day to register for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Segra Stadium. The event is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit the National Fallen Firefighters.