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Songs, prayers, tree-planting among Sept. 11 observances

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Anne Arundel County residents are marking the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 in various ways today. Here is a partial list of public events and memorial services:

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

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

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

The Naval Academy will sound a chapel bell 14 times at 9:43 a.m., the time the Pentagon was struck, to honor the 14 Naval Academy alumni who died in the attack. An interfaith prayer service will be held at the academy's main chapel at noon. It will be closed to the public.

At City Dock 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. for those attending the memorial. Parking will be free after 6 p.m. in the Compromise Street lot, the Hillman Garage and metered spaces.

County commemoration: County Executive Janet S. Owens will be joined by Anne Arundel County employees to remember the attacks. Members of the Arundelair Chorus and the Chesapeake Harmony Chorus will perform patriotic songs from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. 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. at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. The concert is part of the international "Rolling Requiem," in which the Requiem will be performed around the world at 8:46 a.m. local time. 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 with an assembly. Del. Michael E. Busch, a Fire Department spokesman and the winner of a poetry contest will address students and staff at 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 Advanced Placement 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: Light Center Spiritualist Church will offer an evening of prayer and healing at 7:30 p.m. today at Hampton Inn, in Glen Burnie next to the Motor Vehicle Administration. The service is open to members of every faith. Donations will be forwarded to the American Red Cross. 410- 590-9167 or www.lightcenter.org.

Alpha classes: Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Severn has chosen today 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 and government personnel, and to 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 at 7:30 p.m. 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. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. The service will include Muslin, Jewish, Christian and Unitarian Universalist clergy and leaders. The church is at 333 Dubois Road off Bestgate Road in Annapolis. 410-266-8044.

Remembrance service: The Rev. Glen H. Morris and Chesapeake Christian Center invite the public to a 9/11 remembrance service at 7 p.m. at the church, 7975 Tick Neck Road in 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. The service will focus on remembrance, healing and hope. Members of the community are invited to attend. The church is at 1690 Reidel Road in 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. in the church sanctuary, 1120 Spa Road in Annapolis. The program, part of St. Martin's Concert Series, will be directed by Gordon Gustin and will include music by David York, Randall Thompson and Byron Adams. All contributions will aid victims. 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, and children's songs and traditional spirituals. Since the choir was formed 15 years ago, it has presented hundreds of concerts, including performances at 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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