Two ceremonies Tuesday in Carroll County will honor those who lost their lives in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the first in Westminster and the second in Mount Airy.
At 9 a.m., the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center, at 50 Kate Wagner Road, Westminster, will host the second annual 9/11 Memorial Ceremony, according to Elaina Barry, recruitment and retention liaison for the Carroll County Volunteer Emergency Services Association. The ceremony will use as a backdrop a monument that incorporates a piece of the World Trade Center, she said.
“It was designed by the Career and Technology Centers in collaboration with the public safety training training center,” Barry said. “It’s only been up for roughly three years.”
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony, which will include short speeches by local officials, such as Carroll County Emergency Management Coordinator Doug Brown, according to Barry.
“It’s a moment of silence, prayers for the fallen and prayers for the future and then we will have guest speakers,” she said. “ It’s pretty short and sweet with an honor guard.”
In Mount Airy, a rain or shine ceremony sponsored by the L. Cpl Robert W. Deane Detachment Marine Corps League will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove Chapel at 787 South Main Street, Mount Airy, according to Public Relations Chair Rosie Beall.
“We will have somebody from the community singing the national anthem. We have a bagpiper who is a member of the Mount Airy fire department,” she said. “The Marine Corps League will have their firing party to do the 21 guns salute. They will be outside even if it is raining.”
A guest speaker, a firefighter who traveled to New York City in the aftermath of the attacks, will tell of his experiences inside if weather necessitates, Beall added.
There outdoor portion of the ceremony will also involve a wreath laying for two members of the Mount Airy Community who were killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, Lt. Comm. Ronald Vauk, of the U.S. Naval Reserve and CW4 William Ruth, of the Army Reserve.
The public is welcome to attend and some chairs will be provided.