Sept. 11 to be marked Tuesday in solemn ceremonies in Boston and beyond
Solemn ceremonies will be held across Massachusetts Tuesday to honor those lost 11 years ago in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, as well as servicemembers who have died while fighting wars overseas since the attacks.
In Boston, the observances will begin at 7:30 a.m. A wreath-laying will be held in the Boston Public Garden, officiated by Mayor Thomas M. Menino. At 8:30 a.m., the flag will be lowered, a moment of silence will be observed, and names of Massachusetts Sept. 11 victims will be read on the front steps of the Massachusetts State House. Attendees will include Governor Deval Patrick, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, and US Senator Scott Brown.
Many cities and towns across the state will participate in a moment of silence or ringing of church bells at 8:46 a.m. and 9:03 a.m., the times each of the two planes that departed from Boston flew into the World Trade Center towers. At Logan International Airport, the TSA plans on halting security screenings to hold two moments of silence: one just after the first crash time at 8:47 a.m. and one at 1 p.m.
At 9:30 a.m., at the State House, officials will present the annual Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery, named for Acton resident Madeline Amy Sweeney, a flight attendant on one of the planes.
At 11 a.m., Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will present a video memorial honoring fallen Massachusetts soldiers along the Mother’s Walk on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Volunteers and supporters of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund will also be working there on a service project to send 1,000 care packages to Massachusetts military personnel stationed around the world.
Menino, Patrick, and Attorney General Martha Coakley will all attend around 1 p.m. The project will be on the Greenway near the end of Milk Street until 2 p.m. for those who want to help fill packages or write notes of support.
Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will light the top of the Prudential Tower at 4:30 p.m. in red, white, and blue to honor the 44,000 Massachusetts men and women who served in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and the 162 who lost their lives.
Later, uniformed firefighters and a band and honor guard will parade from Boston Common to Beacon Street for the annual Massachusetts Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony at 6 p.m. behind the State House in Ashburton Park.
Outside Boston, some hometowns of people who perished in the attacks will also hold events. Framingham plans to host a remembrance ceremony in Cushing Memorial Park at 5:30 p.m. in honor of 17 people.
The Plymouth Fire Department will hold a small observance at the town’s Sept. 11 monument on South Spooner Street at 9:45 a.m.
Wrentham will be unveiling its new Sept. 11 memorial at 6:30 p.m. in a ceremony on the lawn of Wrentham Town Hall. The memorial was the Eagle Scout project of Wrentham teenager Troy Neubecker, who raised over $20,000 for the monument.Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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