Local Sept. 11 remembrances set for today

Here are some local events commemorating the events of Sept. 11, 2001 taking place today:

Citizens’ Hose Company and the Smyrna Clayton Ministerial Association memorial

Where: Citizens’ Hose Company, 103 W. Commerce St. in Smyrna

When: 7 p.m.

What: The service will include a candlelight vigil, music and appearances from various dignitaries and public servants. The public, all area fire companies, first-responders and other public servants are invited to attend. Parking for the event is available on the street, behind the firehouse or in the First Presbyterian Church’s parking lot. This year’s guest speaker is Col. Richard Arroyo, Chief of the Delaware River and Bay Authority who was personally involved in the emergency response to the 9/11 attack.

Balloon release tribute in Dover

Where: Dover High School football field at 1 Dover High Drive in Dover

When: 6 p.m.

What: Bennie Smith Funeral Home invites the public to join them, Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen and the Dover Police Department in releasing as many red, white and blue balloons as they can muster to honor those killed in the 9/11 terror attack. The public is encouraged to bring balloons to release.

Dover Air Force Base

Where: Air Mobility Command Museum at 1301 Heritage Road in Dover

When: 10 a.m.

What: Stephen Gregory, former New York Fire Department assistant fire commissioner for communications, will speak at the remembrance ceremony. On 9/11, Mr. Gregory responded to the World Trade Center from headquarters and established a staging area command post along with Assistant Chief Gerry Barbara just opposite the south tower of the World Trade Center.

Attendees will include U.S. Tom Carper, Dover Mayor Robin R. Christensen, Col. Ethan Griffin, 436th Airlift Wing commander, Col. Corey Simmons, 436th AW vice commander and several of Team Dover’s group and squadron commanders.

Newark and UD memorial ceremony

Where: Olan Thomas Park on 89 Paper Mill Road in Newark

When: 9 a.m.

What The city of Newark and University of Delaware have joined to hold a memorial event. Local police, honor guard and ROTC units will participate. The park holds the memorial garden dedicated three months after the events of 9/11.

Reach staff writer Ian Gronau at igronau@newszap.com

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