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Events will mark 9/11 anniversary

September 11, 2004

To mark the three-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, several events will be held today in the Tri-State area.

- The Hagerstown/Washington County community will come together to honor those who died in service to their country and to prepare residents for the possibility of future emergencies.

A series of events, sponsored by the Washington County Commissioners, the Hagerstown Mayor and City Council, the county delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, Valley Mall, Washington County Citizens Corps and Partners in Preparedness will take place at Hagerstown City Park and Valley Mall.

Daylong events begin at 9 a.m. in City Park with a tree-planting ceremony. Four trees will be planted to memorialize career firefighters, volunteer firefighters, those working in law enforcement and emergency medical services, and those who are active in the military.

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During the ceremony, a moment of silence will be observed for those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, as well as for members of the military who have served or are serving in Iraq.

Following the ceremony, a procession from City Park to Valley Mall will take place. Each fire, emergency medical and law enforcement company is invited to have one marked unit from its company participate.

Events will continue at 10 a.m. at Valley Mall with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Remembrance Wall at Center Mall.

Throughout the mall, local support agencies will provide emergency preparedness material for residents.

- First Hose Co. of Boonsboro, along with Rohrersville Substation 8, will hold a parade at 5 p.m. to honor fire and rescue personnel who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

The parade will proceed along Main Street.

- A remembrance service and candlelight vigil will be held tonight at the City Park band shell.

The service will begin at 6:30 p.m. with prelude music by the South Hagerstown High School show choir. The candlelight vigil will follow at 7 p.m.

The theme of this year's service is "In Time There Is Hope." The event will highlight the first responders and the military.

Candles will be available for the first 200 adults at the service. Donations will be accepted and forwarded to the American Red Cross and other agencies to aid the residents of Florida affected by Hurricane Frances.

- A remembrance service will be held at 11 a.m. at Letterkenny Chapel at Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, Pa.

Capt. John Brooks, disaster services executive with the Salvation Army, will be the keynote speaker.

- Independent Fire Co. in Ranson, W.Va., will host the third annual 9/11 remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. at the 200 W. 2nd Ave. fire station.

Those who attend will join in a simultaneous nationwide salute between 10:05 a.m. and 10:28 a.m., the times the World Trade Center towers collapsed. The victims of the Pentagon attack and the crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., as well as others from the war on terrorism, also will be honored.

- Trinity Center Pavilion, four miles east of Martinsburg, W.Va., on W.Va. 45, will host "A Time of Reflection, Hope and Promise" at 7 p.m.

The event will be led by the Rev. Edward Grove.

Marybeth Grove and Don Cook are coordinating music for the worship service, which will be informal and contemporary.

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