Tributes to 9/11 victims coming up in Harford

If you are still looking for a way to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, several groups in Harford County have been busy organizing public displays of remembrance.

State Del. Pat McDonough and Del. Rick Impallaria will again join volunteer firefighters and other community groups for their annual flag-waving tribute to 9/11 victims, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sept. 11.

The event takes place on the Route 152 overpass at I-95.  Free parking is available at the park-and-ride on Route 152.

"We encourage people to bring their families, friends and flags," McDonough said in a press release.

For more information, contact McDonough at 410-238-0025 or

Harford County government officials held a ceremony Thursday to raise a commemorative 9/11 flag at the county administration building, donated by the local chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Bel Air High School is planning to memorialize the events in grand fashion.

Students are making a memorial of 2,977 flags, with each flag representing each life lost, that will be displayed outside the school from Sept. 8 to Sept. 14.

The high school has also received a steel beam segment from the World Trade Center that will have a permanent showcase built for it in the school's main hallway. It is currently on display in the lobby.

That exhibit will include two winning essays from a schoolwide contest asking students to reflect on the attacks, the war on terror and the national mood 10 years after the attacks.

The school will have an open house from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday for the community to see the flag memorial and steel beam segment on display.

This Friday, the Harford County Sheriff's Office will hold a ceremony at its northern precinct in Jarrettsville at 2 p.m. The event will pay tribute to first responders and other working people who helped during the disaster and 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 Saturday in the bandshell 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-FM.

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.

Over in Cecil County, Perryville fire Company will host a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at Minker Banquet Hall, 920 Principio Furnace Road.

The event will include emergency and military personnel, a keynote speaker, the Perryville High School Band and the Harford County Firemans' Honor Guard.

The Baltimore chapter of a national Muslim revival group is sponsoring blood drives at area hospitals through the month of September, including Upper Chesapeake Medical Center on Sept. 15.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA launched a "Muslims for Life" campaign in memory of 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 and 11 a.m., and will also have dinner.

Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church, at 962 Flintville Road in Delta, Pa., will hold its Sept. 11 service at 6 p.m. It invites the public to join in remembering the impact 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 and 11 a.m. at 616 Ontario St.

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