NORTH READING — A solemn observance marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks will be observed by the town this Saturday.

The public is invited to the September 11th Remembrance which is hosted annually by the North Reading Fire Department. This year it will begin promptly at 9:55 a.m.

The public may observe the Remembrance ceremony from either the parking area in front of the Fire Station or from the sidewalk across the street on the Town Common. This ceremony will be followed by brief moments of silence observed in front of the Flint Memorial Library at approximately 10:15 a.m. in memory of the civilians who were injured or who lost their lives in the attack, and our country’s veterans who were injured or who lost their lives defending our country in response to the attack.

The public is invited to also view the September 11th Educational Exhibition at the Flint Memorial Library following the observance, as Saturday hours have resumed this week at 10 a.m., or anytime during regular library hours through September 15.  For more information about the exhibition visit

Traffic detour

Bow Street will be closed from Park Street to Haverhill Street beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11.  Parking is available behind the library and at the Third Meeting House (via the access from Haverhill Street only). Overflow parking is available at the Batchelder School. The observances will be held outdoors rain or shine, and the exhibition is on display indoors.

The library exhibition, on loan from the 9/11 Museum in New York, explores the consequences of terrorism on individual lives and communities and encourages critical thinking about the legacies of 9/11. The library staff has also compiled a comprehensive reading list on the topic of September 11th available online at: