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ASHLAND — The City of Ashland will partner with an organization to host a remembrance ceremony on Sept. 11— which will mark the tragedy's 20-year anniversary, the city announced Tuesday. 

The ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Foundation Plaza in Downtown Ashland.

The event will feature a video montage highlighting the events of Sept. 11, 2001, projected onto a large screen. Local citizens will also share their memories of the day, which resulted in the loss of nearly 3,000 people across three separate attacks and more than 6,000 injuries.

The ceremony will also include a salute to the 412 first responders who lost their lives that day.

A choir of area residents will also perform patriotic musical selections and the ceremony will include a moment of silence, the city's news release said.

“It’s hard to believe that nearly two decades have passed since the tragic events of 9/11 occurred, and given the current situation in Afghanistan, this community service will be especially moving for all of us,” said Mayor Matt Miller.

The Taliban gained control of Kabul, Afghanistan's capital, on Aug. 15, triggering a scrambled evacuation of the country and bloodshed as an ISIS-K suicide bombing took advantage of the chaos. The Aug. 26 bombing killed dozens, including 13 U.S. service members.

The last plane carrying U.S. forces left the country Aug. 31, marking the end of a 20-year conflict that left nearly 2,500 American troops dead and spanned four presidencies. 

The Ashland County Historical Society will provide Sept. 11 memorabilia that will be on display during the ceremony. 

"The historical society is honored to be a part of the ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and we look forward to sharing Ashland's experiences from that day with local memorabilia and artifacts on display at the event," said Jenny Marquette, the organization's executive director. 

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