PINELLAS COUNTY - On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by terrorists who hijacked four airplanes. Two of the planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, one into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. One intended for the U.S. Capitol was heroically crashed in Pennsylvania by true “patriots” who loved and zealously supported their country.
By joint resolution, on Dec. 18, 2001, Congress designated Sept. 11 as Patriot Day.
On this day all Americans are asked to fly their flags at half-mast and observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. commemorating the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.
President George Bush asked that Americans observe Patriot Day with ceremonies and activities, including remembrance services and candlelight vigils. Pinellas County will do its part to remember 9/11. The following communuity observances are planned.
American Legion Day of Remembrance MADEIRA BEACH – The American Legion Post 273 will have a Day of Remembrance on Sunday, Sept 10. At noon, a ceremony will honor the firemen, policemen and Americans who died on Sept. 11. Post 273 Honor Guard will pay final respects. The post is at 600 American Legion Drive.
South Pasadena pays tribute SOUTH PASADENA – The city will offer a tribute service on Monday, Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. in front of South Pasadena’s City Hall. A moment of silence at 8:46 will mark the time the first airplane crashed into the World Trade Center.
The uniformed honor guard of the Veterans Liaison Council of Pinellas County will fire three volleys and play taps. The national flag will be lowered by representatives of the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs Association and the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. Retired Marine Lt. Col. Fred Edwards will be chair of South Pasadena’s first annual Patriot Day event.
The keynote speaker will be Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young. Preceding him will be short speeches by numerous dignitaries, including the Congressman’s wife, Beverly Young.
Receiving special honor will be representatives of the 53rd Support Battalion of the Florida National Guard who have recently returned from a combat deployment in Afghanistan.
There will be an airplane flyover showing the red, white, and blue colors. Commemorative gifts will be given to the first 300 attendees. Refreshments will be served in City Hall after the ceremonies.
At 9:59 a.m. all Pinellas County Fire Departments will have siren and bell activity to commemorate the time the South World Trade Center Tower collapsed. A patriotic exhibit and showings of films commemorating the 9/11 attacks will be shown in City Hall, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 8, 9, 10 and 11. City Hall is at 7047 Sunset Drive S.
Safety Harbor plans Freedom Walk Tribute SAFETY HARBOR – The city of Safety Harbor will host a Freedom Walk Tribute on Monday, Sept. 11, 6 p.m., beginning at Veterans Park next to the Safety Harbor Marina.
The tribute will be conducted by city staff, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10093 and the American Legion Post 238. Safety Harbor’s 9/11 Freedom Walk is in conjunction with a nationwide program put on by the Department of Defense, and is hosted in cities all across the United States. The walk will be preceded by a brief tribute to the country’s fallen heroes.
The route will lead up the marina and head south on Bayshore Boulevard along the linear greenway. Walkers will turn around at the Seventh Street South parking lot. The walk will feature a timeline commemorating the historic events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. The fire department and city commissioners will be on hand to make brief remarks. The library will feature a display of books about the subject. Admission is free and there will be free parking available. The first 50 participants will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. The marina is at 400 Veterans Way. Call Kim Armitage at 724-1572.
9/11 concert raises money for children TREASURE ISLAND – Darrell Clanton, The Dune Doctor, will perform his third annual 9/11 Children’s Fund Benefit Show on Sunday, Sept. 10, 4 to 8 p.m., at the Thunderbird Resort Hotel. Master of ceremonies Dave Wells and Ron Russell will raffle door prizes with proceeds going to the fund. Scheduled performers include Chuck Cobb, Tom Kennedy, The Neon Moon Band with the Carter Brothers and Mark Maupin, Becky Cox, the Miller Family, Leo Labranch, Larry Newcity, Bob Rippy, Clarence Pyle, Hurricane Johnny, Earl Krieder, Ben Rodgers, Martha Puckett and Gil Lazoda. The Thunderbird Resort is at 10700 Gulf Blvd. Call Debra Puckett at 642-9023 or visit www.thedunedoctor.com.
Clearwater spreads peace with music CLEARWATER – Inspired by the opportunity of spreading peace through music, Sister Cities International encourages communities across the globe to fill the skies with music Sept. 11, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Clearwater’s celebration will start on the steps of City Hall, 112 S. Osceola Ave. and conclude with a community concert at the Peace Memorial Church. 110 S. Ft. Harrison Ave. Participants will include local music groups as well as area school children. The event is free. Call 562-4832.
Seniors use reading to honor 9/11 ST. PETERSBURG – Pinellas County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program is partnering with Goodwill’s BookWorks program to honor heroes on the anniversary of 9/11 by reading to preschool children at Head Start centers throughout the county Monday, Sept. 11.
Starting at 10 a.m., more than 25 seniors will read “Everyday Heroes,” about people such as firefighters, police officers and teachers who regularly perform heroic acts of giving. After reading the story, the volunteers will give each child his or her own book, compliments of Goodwill’s BookWorks childhood literacy program.
'Hands Across the Palms' to pay tribute LARGO – To remember those who died on Sept. 11, the Palms of Largo will mark the date with “Hands Across the Palms.” The event will feature nearly all of the 1,600 residents of the Palms of Largo, together with local fire and police officers joining hands and sharing a few moments of fellowship as we take time to remember the folks who lost their lives on 9/11.
Everyone will march down Lake Avenue flying their colors, followed by a Largo firetruck, a Largo police car, and a Sunstar ambulance. At the end of the avenue, the group will stop, the trucks will blow their air horns, signaling a 60-second moment of silence, followed by another blast of the horn, at which point the group will take out radios and play Frank Cannon’s version of “America the Beautiful.” Regal Palms Premier Assisted Living is at 300 Lake Ave. Call 437-1350.