Around 40 people, including county council members, police officers, residents and employees of nearby business, gathered in front of the Harford County Government Administration Building at 220 S. Main St. in Bel Air Thursday morning for a special 9/11 Remembrance Flag Ceremony.
The red, white and blue flag, which read "We Remember 9/11," has the images of the twin World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon and Liberty Bell on it.
The Harbor of Grace and Governor William Paca chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution donated the commemorative flag to Harford County in recognition of lives lost from the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 and the people who risked their safety to help them.
Virginia Carlin, 72 of Bel Air, has been a member of the DAR since 1995 and came out that morning with her husband to support her fellow members. She, along with several other members, stood next to the podium where Harford County Executive David Craig spoke to the crowd.
Craig honored the "many civilians [that] paid an extreme price" nearly 10 years ago, saying their stories and the tragedy "touched the lives of everyone in America" and around the world.
The 9/11 Remembrance Flag will fly over the seat of Harford County government through Sept. 30, as a symbol that we should never forget "the pain and suffering our friends and neighbors endured."
DAR members moved next to the flag pole as it was raised. Once it was in place underneath the Maryland state flag, Craig asked for a moment a silence. Taps was played as police officers saluted the flag and the rest of the crowd placed their hands over their hearts.
The Daughters of the American Revolution also recently donated a commemorative flag to the city of Aberdeen. Mayor Mike Bennett has promised to prominently display it at city hall.
More commemorations planned
A decade has passed since the sunny September morning in 2001 when terrorists hijacked airplanes aimed at New York and Washington, D.C., on a day that would become memorialized simply by its date: "9/11."
Groups throughout Harford County are joining those around the nation to remember the attacks, giving residents and other community members an opportunity to honor the more than 3,000 lives lost that day.
The Harford County Sheriff's Office will start the weekend of Sept. 9 to 11 with a ceremony at its northern precinct in Jarrettsville at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.
The event will pay tribute to first responders and other working people who helped during the disaster or its aftermath.
After that, Bel Air's Center for the Arts is coordinating "Remembrance & Hope: A Gathering to Commemorate 9/11/01 Through Music and Song," at 2 p.m. on Sept. 10 in the band shell at Shamrock Park off Hickory Avenue in Bel Air.
The event will feature the Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra and the Deer Creek Chamber Choir performing "Just Before the Autumn," an original piece written specifically for the event by Benny Russell, an adjunct professor at Harford Community College.
It will be hosted by Jonathan Palevsky, program director and host at 91.5 WBJC.
Churches to remember 9/11
Several area churches are also marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11, as it happens to fall on a Sunday.
Oak Grove Baptist Church, at Route 22 and Thomas Run Road in the Campus Hills area, is honoring first responders for its First Responders Recognition Day.
The church is holding the services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and will also have dinner.
Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church, at 962 Flintvllle Road in Delta, Pa., will hold its Sept. 11 service at 6 p.m.
It invites the public to join in remembering the effects of Sept. 11 and "the ongoing 9/11events in our daily lives."
One new congregation, Restore Church in Havre de Grace, is planning to hold its first services on Sept. 11, at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at 616 Ontario Street.
The Darlington Volunteer Fire Company plans to dedicate a memorial monument at 2 p.m. Sept. 11 at its Dublin station, 1520 Whiteford Road.
The company received steel from the fallen twin towers of New York's World Trade Center for use in a monument that will stand outside the new firehouse.