Area events scheduled to honor Sept. 11 victims, responders

From right, Staff Sgt. Rocky Vasquez, Airman 1st Class Josh Parrish and Staff Sgt.Thomas Ward stand at attention in front of the 9/11 monument at Dover Air Force Base’s AMC Museum after Airman 1st Class Christopher Burns placed the ceremonial wreath at its base during DAFB Fire Department’s 2014 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers )

From right, Staff Sgt. Rocky Vasquez, Airman 1st Class Josh Parrish and Staff Sgt.Thomas Ward stand at attention in front of the 9/11 monument at Dover Air Force Base’s AMC Museum after Airman 1st Class Christopher Burns placed the ceremonial wreath at its base during DAFB Fire Department’s 2014 9/11 Memorial Ceremony. (Delaware State News/Dave Chambers )

DOVER — Sept. 11 is a day that no one will ever forget.

Nearly 3,000 lives were taken that day, including 37 Port Authority Police Department personnel, 23 New York police officers and eight additional Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics from private units.

Also 343 New York firefighters and 411 emergency workers were killed during that tragic day in 2001.

To honor the sacrifice of those who died and to pay tribute to those who rose in response to the attacks, Sept. 11 has been declared a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Events have been organized throughout central Delaware on Friday.

Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus will have a ceremony at the flagpole complex in the center of campus. It will begin at 8:43 a.m.

The ceremony will include a Dover Air Force Base Honor Guard raising the U.S. flag to half-staff and a bell-ringing ceremony to commemorate the 11 individuals with ties to Delaware who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

There will be remarks from David Larsen, public safety officer and first responder on Sept. 11.

The Dover Air Force Base Air Mobility Command Museum on Heritage Road will hold a memorial service at 10:30 a.m.

The ceremony is open to the public and will be hosted by the DAFB Eagle Fire Fighters Association.

“We will never forget that day,” said Rodney Coleman, deputy fire chief of the DAFB Fire Department.

“It will be a disservice to those that lost their lives during that day it we didn’t continue to pay tribute to them.”

The museum also has a 9/11 memorial that was built in 2013, which was designed to represent all the locations that were attacked.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates the World Trade Center steel program.

They select portions of the steel recovered from the World Trade Center and donate it to cities, towns, firehouses and museums around the U.S. and the world who request it for use in 9/11 memorial sites.

The memorial includes two pieces of steel to represent New York, a large rock from the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, crash site of Flight 93, and a block from the Pentagon.

“That memorial receives a lot of foot traffic,” Mr. Coleman said. “It’s just another place where people can honor those that sacrificed their lives.”

Dover International Speedway will again honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with its annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Drive. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino.

Participants who sign up this year will receive a pair of general admission tickets to the Oct. 3 “Hisense 200” NASCAR XFINITY Series race at the speedway.

Although appointments are strongly encouraged, walk-in donors are welcome and will be taken if time permits.

To make an appointment, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org or call (888)-8-BLOOD-8 and mention the Dover International Speedway drive.

Later on Friday in Smyrna, Citizens’ Hose Company and the Smyrna Clayton Ministerial Association will host their annual memorial service.

It will begin at 7 p.m. at the Smyrna firehouse at 103 W. Commerce St.

The keynote speaker will be retired New York-New Jersey Port Authority Police officer Michael Megna who was on duty on that fateful day.

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