Special events are scheduled around the Tampa Bay area to mark the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Here is a list of ceremonies and events that are open to the public.
Service of remembrance, 8 a.m. Thursday, Serenity Meadows cemetery and funeral home, 6919 Providence Road, Riverview. Guest speaker and color guard. Refreshments will be served.
Freedom walk, 9 a.m. Saturday at Fred Ball Park on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa. The 2-mile walk is part of a national event sponsored by "America Supports You." The local portion was organized by Operation Homefront, a group that provides financial help and other assistance to troops and their families. Go to the Operation Homefront Web site for more information.
Patriot Day ceremony hosted by Tarpon Springs police and fire departments, 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the Tarpon Springs Public Safety Facility, 444 S Huey Ave. Moment of silence, flag raising and prayers. Light refreshments will be offered.
The worldwide sing-along of Let it Be and Sept. 11 memorial concert joins communities around the world in "filling the skies with music." Sponsored by the city of Clearwater, Clearwater Arts Foundation and Clearwater Sister Cities Inc. 6 p.m. Thursday on the steps of Clearwater City Hall, 112 S. Osceola Ave.
Sign the 9/11 banner at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in the Shoreline Cafeteria, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. The banner is on display through Friday for individuals to sign. Hernando County
Hernando County Family YMCA's annual Run to Remember, 6:30 a.m. Thursday, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. 5K memorial run (or 1-mile walk), followed by a prayer service and continental breakfast. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office will lead the runners into the Seven Hills community, and Spring Hill Fire Rescue will follow all racers to the finish line. Participants in the event will receive a Run to Remember T-shirt. For information or a registration form, visit online at www.ymcasuncoast.org.
American Legion Post 186 color guard ceremony, 10 a.m., 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 597-9995.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9236 and Ladies Auxiliary ceremony, 11 a.m., 3435 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. Lunch will follow. For information, call (352) 596-9236.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8713 and Ladies Auxiliary will host the Brooksville Patriot's Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at 1686 E Jefferson St., Brooksville. The ceremony will be led by Cmdr. Jim Simonetti and post officers. For information, call (352) 796-4449.
"Heap the Hummer" extravaganza to collect supplies for troops serving overseas, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Glen Lakes Publix, 9595 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Donations will be accepted and stuffed into a Hummer on site. The event, sponsored by the local Publix, will include entertainment and children's activities. Various local agencies will also be on hand. There will be fire trucks, an ambulance, the sheriff's DARE car and military vehicles on display. For information, call (352) 596-5189.