Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Terrorists attacked the United States Sept. 11, 2001, when two airplanes hijacked by members of the Islamic extremist group al-Qaida struck the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and a third hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Another attack was prevented by aircraft passengers, who brought down a plane in Pennsylvania that was overtaken by terrorists, killing everyone on board. Nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in the aircraft strikes.

There are set to be several memorial events held at Ohio State Thursday.

“Buckeyes Remember the 11th of September”

When: Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to noon

Where: Ohio Union front entrance and west plaza

What: Color guard presentation; military 21-gun salute; two silent rifle drill presentations; fundraisers for Rescue Remembrance Project, a nonprofit that aims to restore and preserve two fire trucks used on Sept. 11 for educational, historical and remembrance purposes

“People should come to this event not only to honor and commemorate those who lost their lives that day and those who’ve lost their lives since that day and in our continue efforts to secure our country’s freedom and our country’s safety.”

-Cmdr. of Pershing Rifles, a fifth-year in international studies and security and intelligence

“9/11 Memorial Event” hosted by the Security and 

Intelligence Club

When: Thursday, 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Where: Browning Amphitheater, near Mirror Lake

Who: OSU President Michael Drake; Jeff Sacksteder of Ohio Homeland Security

What: Presentation of colors from the Air Force ROTC Color Guard; moment of silence

“It’s really important for us to come together as Buckeyes to remember the horrible tragedy that happened (Sept. 11) and to commemorate all the Americans that were lost that day.”

-Rachel Dailey, OSU Security and Intelligence Club coordinator and a second-year in Chinese and security and intelligence