On Tuesday morning, Massachusetts residents will mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with memorials and commemorations throughout the state. Here are two events being held in this area.
QUINCY – Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch will join with the Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore to mark Sept. 11 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at a newly renovated home for a returning veteran.
The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m., when Koch will plant a tree at the site of the four-bedroom home on 51 Empire Street.
The renovations, which were financed by Quincy’s federally funded HOME program, were also made possible with grants from the Community Preservation Committee.
“This project is part of an ongoing commitment by the City of Quincy to honor and provide for those who have served our country,” said Robert Corley, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of the South Shore. “We thought September 11 was a fitting day to show our appreciation for the sacrifices the troops make on our behalf by officially opening this home, which will provide high-quality affordable housing for a returning veteran.”
BRAINTREE – Braintree officials will hold a memorial service at Braintree Fire Department Headquarters on Sept. 11 at 8:30 a.m. to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorists' attacks.
Mayor Joseph Sullivan, town councilors, the Fire Department chaplain, and members of all local veterans organizations plan to attend.
The Braintree High School Choir will provide music under the direction of Rachel Hallenbeck.
“We’ve done it every year since 9/11," said veterans agent Dick Walsh. "They started on first anniversary. Last year we had a big event, but we do it every year, usually at Fire Department headquarters, as we feel it’s a first-responder type of event, recognition of those people who first showed up.”
State Representative Mark Cusack will say a few words, as will several local elected officials. Sandy Duffy from the AARP committee, who has been behind previous commemoration ceremonies, will also speak at the event.