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Area plans Sept. 11 observances


A morning coffee, a candlelight ceremony and an evening concert are some of the ways in which Annapolis will observe the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has chosen to focus "on the expressions of community and service demonstrated in the nation's response to the tragedy," according to a press release from the city.

Moyer will start the day by serving as host at a morning coffee for city employees at City Dock from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m. The public is welcome.

At approximately 8:46 a.m., the bells of churches, schools, and fire stations will ring in remembrance for one minute. Afterward, Ted Levitt of Chick 'n' Ruth's will lead those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Other events are scheduled throughout the day.

The Naval Academy, which lost a number of alumni Sept. 11, will hold a candlelight ceremony for the Brigade.

At City Dock starting at 7:30 p.m., Moyer will serve as host at a concert featuring the Sons of the Severn a cappella chorus. The group will sing traditional American favorites and lead the audience in patriotic melodies, including works by George M. Cohan. The Annapolis High School Band will perform from the deck of the Harbor Queen, under the direction of Michael Svec.

Annapolis Transit will run two free trolleys between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Sept. 11 for those attending the memorial. Parking will be free after 6 p.m. in the Compromise Street lot, Hillman Garage and metered spaces.

Other ceremonies throughout the county include:

County commemoration: County Executive Janet S. Owens will be joined by Anne Arundel County employees to remember the Sept. 11 attacks. Members of the Arundelair Chorus and Chesapeake Harmony Chorus will perform patriotic songs from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. tomorrow on the Plaza in front of Whitmore Parking Garage, at the corner of Calvert and Clay streets, Annapolis. The public is invited.

Memorial concert: The Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will present Mozart's Requiem at 8:46 a.m. tomorrow at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The concert is part of the worldwide commemoration of the attacks Sept. 11 and will include "Rolling Requiem," which will be presented in time zones across world at 8:46 a.m. The concert is free and open to the public. 410- 269-1132.

High school assembly: Broadneck Senior High School in Annapolis plans to commemorate the lives that were lost Sept. 11 by holding an assembly on the anniversary of the attacks. Del. Michael E. Busch, a fire department spokesman and the winner of a poetry contest will address students and staff at the Laurence Knight Stadium. The Foreign Language Club, under the direction of Sherry Suter, has made flags for each of the 83 countries that lost citizens in the attacks. The flags will be hung from the ceiling in the main lobby. Shortly after the assembly, two representatives from each first-period class will plant a tree in honor of the 83 countries affected. The holes will be dug beforehand by AP environmental science classes under the leadership of science teachers Pat Neidhardt and Bill Goodman. The trees, all native Maryland species, were bought from Environmental Concern with a $650 grant from the Department of Natural Resources.

Prayer and healing service: The Light Center Spiritualist Church will offer an evening of prayer and healing in response to the events last year, at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Hampton Inn, Glen Burnie, next to the MVA. The service is open to members of every faith. Donations will be forwarded to the American Red Cross. 410-590- 9167 or

Local church sponsors Alpha: Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Severn has chosen tomorrow to begin Alpha, a short practical introduction to the Christian faith. "In addition to beginning the course, there will be a memorial time to remember those lost in the attacks and the heroes who helped the country survive," said Allen Kuchera, the church's communications coordinator. The course will begin at 6:30 p.m. The congregation also plans a time of remembrance and thanksgiving at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The service is open to emergency service, military or government personnel, or others who participated in the cleanup and rebuilding. 410-551-6325.

Memorial service: St. Andrew the Fisherman Episcopal Church in Mayo will hold a memorial service starting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. The officiant is the Rev. Roger Edwards, who was at the Pentagon on Sept. 11. Everyone is invited to the church, at Route 214 and Carrs Wharf Road. 410-798-1533.

Interfaith service: An interfaith service to commemorate the events of Sept. 11 will be held at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. All are invited to attend this interfaith event that will include clergy and leaders from the Muslin, Jewish, Christian and Unitarian Universalist religious communities. The church is at 333 Dubois Road off Bestgate Road in Annapolis. 410-266-8044.

Remembrance service: The Rev. Glen H. Morris and the Chesapeake Christian Center invite the public to a 9/11 Remembrance Service at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the church, 7975 Tick Neck Road, Pasadena. Speakers, including a local law enforcement official and a firefighter, will honor loved ones and heroes. 410-255-3168.

Service of remembrance: Community United Methodist Church will offer an ecumenical service at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow to commemorate the events of Sept. 11. The service will focus on remembrance, healing and hope. Members of the community are invited to attend. The church is at 1690 Reidel Road, Crofton. 410-721-9129.

Church concert: St. Martin's Lutheran Church will present the Heritage Singers in "Nine, One, One: A Concert of Remembrance," at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the church sanctuary, 1120 Spa Road, Annapolis. The program, part of St. Martin's Concert Series, will be directed by Gordon Gustin. The program will include music by David York, Randall Thompson and Byron Adams. Heritage Singers is presenting this commemorative concert. All contributions will aid the victims of these events. 410-721-2376 or 410- 263-4723.

Children's choir: The African Children's Choir will perform at Woods Memorial Church, 611 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park at 7 p.m. Friday. The internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated African Children's Choir has been invited to the United States to sing at the Sept. 11 memorial ceremony at the Pentagon. The choir is composed of children ages 5 to 12, many of whom have lost one or both parents. They will perform a program of song and dance featuring African tunes and ethnic instrumentation, as well as children's songs and traditional spirituals. Since the choir was formed 15 years ago, it has presented hundreds of concerts, including performances at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the United Nations in New York and Berlin Stadium in Germany. The choir has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and The Today Show. Over the years, the choir has supported thousands of African children. The choir is an interdenominational, registered nonprofit charity. The public is invited to the free church concert. A free-will offering will be collected. 410-647-2550.

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