Local 9-11 observances planned

Various observances are being held around the area to mark the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.

  • The students at Three Rivers Middle School will hold a program at 1 p.m. Friday to honor local fire fighters.
  • Students from the Transformational Learning Center in Covington are marking the observance of September 11 by planting flowers throughout the community.  Bellevue Police Chief Colonel William Cole donated the flowers to be planted at the firehouse and the Police Memorial at the foot of the Suspension Bridge.
  • A program at Anderson High School Friday afternoon will include music and the presentation of colors by VFW Post 318.  The observance will also include the sharing of stories recalling the events of the day and the way our nation came together after the tragedy.
  • On Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds will hold pre game ceremonies to mark the 9th anniversary of September 11th.   Eight local fire departments will be honored on the field for their continued service, honor and dedication to our community. One of the fire departments will be given the bright red 2010 Toyota Tundra that is displayed atop the elevator shaft beyond the centerfield wall.  Reds manager Dusty Baker will participate with Toyota in the presentation.
  • The 7th Annual Operation Gratitude Gift Drive is taking place September 11th at the Voice of America Shopping Center on Tylersville Road. Items are being collected for soldiers and will be shipped to them just in time for the holiday season. The drive will be from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday.
  • The Newport Kentucky Firefighters Association and the Newport Fire Department are hosting an event at noon to remember the tragic loss and heroic events of 9-11. This will be on 4th and York Street by the World Peace Bell in Newport, Kentucky.
  • The 2010 USO Tribute Cincinnati Event is honoring four military heroes at the Cintas Center at 6 p.m. This event includes a patriotic tribute and an opportunity to thank recently injured military heroes and veterans personally.
  • The Board of Clermont County Commissioners and communities nationwide are proclaiming Saturday as National Patriot Day to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks nine years ago. A national moment of silence is observed at 8:46 a.m. to honor the lives lost.
  • In Warren County at the Common Please Court Building on Justice Drive there will be a multi-church prayer service from 11-12 p.m. Warren County is observing 9-11 also on Friday September 10th with a multi-church prayer service as well.
  • The Enemy Within: Terror In American - 1776 to Today opens at the Freedom Center. It is the only museum exhibition to provide historical perspective. This exhibit reveals nine major events and periods in U.S. history when Americans were threatened by enemies within its borders. It is opened until February 6, 2011.
  • The Drill Down for Safety Campaign starts in Clermont County. They are mailing postcards to residents encouraging family disaster preparedness and participation in the program. The postcard has safety tips and what to do in times of emergencies.
  • The Oak Hills Marching Band will be performing at the UC vs. Indiana State football game with the UC Marching Band at halftime. 12 other high school marching bands will be participating as a part of their Band Day program. Over 1300 band members will present the halftime show in a patriotic tribute to the heroes of 9-11.
  • The Butler County Fire Chiefs Association is hosting a memorial at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial at 8:45 a.m.
  • The historic Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum is presenting the Sixth Annual Lantern Lighting Event Saturday starting at 6 p.m. and the lantern lighting at 8:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a twenty one gun salute, the honor guard will present colors, including one flag with the names of everyone who was lost and another one with all the firefighters that were lost, and a moment of silent remembrance and much more.