The 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks is Sunday, and Harford County residents will join the rest of the United States in remembering the victims of those attacks and other such attacks that have followed, as well as our sons and daughters who have served in the war against the terrorists.
The annual Day of Remembrance flag-waving on the Route 152 overpass to I-95 in Joppa will be held Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m.
The public is invited to participate. Complementary parking is available at the neighboring Mountain Road Park and Ride.
This event, organized by Harford state Dels. Pat McDonough and Rick Impallaria, typically draws scores of people from Harford and other places and is witnessed by thousands of motorists driving on the interstate below.
"We must never forget this terrible day in our history," McDonough, a Republican, who is running for Maryland's Second District congressional seat, said in a statement. "September 11 is a day to remember courage, honor and patriotism. I hope area residents will join us for this remembrance. I hope everyone brings their American flags, friends and families, as we remember what happened and honor the heroes of 9/11."
Many Harford County churches are incorporating 9/11 remembrances into their Sunday services.
Fallston United Methodist Church at 1509 Fallston Road is inviting first responders to join in worshipping with the congregation and praying for peace. Services are at 9 and 10:45 a.m.
Between the church's two services, at 9:59 a.m. to mark the time of the fall of the second World Trade Center tower in New York, a color guard will raise the American flag on the church's new flagpole and a prayer for peace will be said.
A portion of the church's upper parking lot will be cordoned off, with extra handicapped parking available at the top of the lot. Additional parking will be available at the adjoining Fallston Library and on the grass adjacent to the church's lower parking lot.
Salem Lutheran Church, at 3825 Norrisville Road in Jarrettsville, will commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 and recognize first responders during the 9 a.m. worship service, followed by a coffee hour and then a pot luck luncheon at the Jarrettsville firehouse.
Members of the Governor William Paca Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will observe their chapter's 100th birthday at a Sunday afternoon tea at the Maryland Golf & Country Clubs near Bel Air.
Two Harford County residents and the wife of a former resident were among the 2,996 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks that also wounded more than 6,000.
Joseph V. Maggitti, who lived in Abingdon, was killed at the World Trade Center, where he had gone to a business meeting at the headquarters of his company, the insurance brokerage Marsh USA, where he was a vice president, according to his obituary published in The Aegis. He was 47 and grew up in Baltimore's Highlandtown neighborhood. He graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1976 and was a member of the school's NCAA Division II champion soccer team. Survivors included his wife, Pamela Kortesis Maggitti; a son, Christopher; and a daughter, Lauren.
Willie Q. Troy, who lived at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where his wife was employed, was killed when a hijacked airliner crashed into the Pentagon, where he worked. He was 51 and was a retired Army staff sergeant, who was wounded while serving in Vietnam, according to his biography posted on the Pentagon Memorial website http://pentagonmemorial.org. A native of North Carolina, Staff Sergeant Troy was survived by his wife and childhood sweetheart, Judy, and their daughter, ReNee.
Deborah Jacobs Welsh, a veteran flight attendant, whose husband, Patrick, was from Bel Air, was killed when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pa., after being hijacked en route from New York to San Francisco. Investigators believe the crew and passengers sought to take control of the aircraft back from the hijackers who were planning to crash it into the White House. Mrs. Welsh was in charge of the flight attendants on Flight 93 and had served 25 years with three airlines, according to www.honorflight93.org. A native of Philadelphia, she and her husband, a John Carroll School graduate, lived in New York.
Harford County has two memorials to the 9/11 attack victims and first responders who answered the call at all three locations. Both memorials contain parts of steel beams from the World Trade Center. The City of Aberdeen dedicated a memorial in Festival Park in 2014. The Darlington Volunteer Fire Company dedicated a memorial outside its fire station on the 10th anniversary of the attacks in 2011.