Twenty years after the Sept. 11, 2001, the communities of Franklin and Brentwood will host events to honor the civilians and first responders who died in terrorist attacks.

Beginning at 7:45 a.m., the city of Franklin's fire and police departments, along with the Williamson County Sheriff's Office, will host a short ceremony at the front of the Williamson County Courthouse in Franklin's Public Square.

Later in the day, City Park and the city of Brentwood will host its annual 9/11 ceremony featuring a performance of the national anthem and taps performed by Frank Fenton from Bugles Across America. All police officers, firefighters, first responders and members of the armed services are invited to attend as honored guests, although the event is open to the public. This year's event will also be held in honor of former Brentwood police officer Destin Legieza, who died in a traffic collision in 2020. The event is expected to run from 11-11:30 a.m.

In addition to community events, the John P. Holt Brentwood Library will also host a special exhibition, "September 11, 2001: The Day that Changed the World," which will run through Sept. 30. The exhibit will feature archival photos and images from the 9/11 museum in New York City.

“During this 20th anniversary year, it is our privilege to share these lessons with a new generation," Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little said in a release. "We encourage you to visit the John P. Holt Brentwood Library and use this as an opportunity to teach your children about the darkest of times, how America came together and to find the strength to renew and rebuild.”

Later in the evening, Brentwood will host a candlelight vigil at the grounds of the Brentwood Library beginning at 6 p.m. A limited number of candles will be available, according to event organizers.

See more about the event here.