City of Knoxville and Knox County officials will gather this Friday to honor the victims of September 11, 2001.

The ceremony will take place at the 9/11 Memorial on the lawn of the City County Building at 400 Main St.

Knoxville Police Department Chaplain Pam Neal will welcome everyone at 8:45 a.m. and the ceremony will begin with a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.  At the same time, First Baptist Church will ring its bells to mark the time hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Knoxville City Mayor Indya Kincannon and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs will present a wreath at the base of the monument, a black granite obelisk made by Randy Vaden and installed in 2003.

The ceremony will also include bagpiper Chris Riedl who will play “Amazing Grace,”  Sheriff & FBI Chaplain Harold Preyer who will give the benediction and

Sheriff’s Office retiree Mike Freels who will play “Taps.”

Main Street will be closed to traffic between Walnut and Gay streets and KAT’s free trolleys will cease operation during the ceremony. All traffic should resume, no later than 9:15 a.m.

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, everyone in attendance is asked to observe physical distancing and to wear a mask. 

Please note—no chairs will be set up for the service this year. CTV will be streaming the event live on