The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack is Saturday and Downtown Greensboro Inc. (DGI) is sponsoring an outdoor concert on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The concert will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the 9/11 Memorial in downtown Greensboro at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and South Elm Street.

The 9/11 memorial statue by Jim Gallucci incorporates two steel beams from the World Trade Center Twin Towers that were destroyed by the terrorist attack.  The base of the statue is shaped like the Pentagon, which also suffered damage on Sept. 11, 2001.

The 9/11 terrorists hijacked four large Boeing passenger jets, two crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, one crashed into the Pentagon in Washington and Flight 93 crashed in a field Pennsylvania.  Flight 93 was delayed in take-off and the passengers after learning about the devastation caused by the other flights, revolted and attempted to take over the cockpit, causing the plane to crash in a field rather than hitting its target, which may have been the White House. 

A total of 2,996 people lost their lives in the 9/11 terrprost attacks, including 343 New York fire fighters and paramedics, 23 New York police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.

The concert – which is being held in conjunction with the North Carolina Folk Festival that begins on Friday, Sept. 10 and ends Sunday, Sept. 12 – will include live music from the Greensboro Fire Department Bagpipers, Jazz Expressions and Doby.

During the concert, Guilford County first responders and their families will be served a free meal courtesy of DGI.  First responders who plan to attend are ask to RSVP for the dinner at

President and CEO of DGI Zack Matheny said, “This anniversary marks a tragic time in our nation’s past and 20 years later we remain aware of the impact our fire, police and EMS first responders make in our community.  I hope this concert and meal reminds them how much we appreciate them all.”