Eight years ago today, terrorist attacks rocked the United States. In remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, several North Pinellas organizations will have special events today that are free and open to the public. The events include the following:
-Clearwater Fire and Rescue will hold a moment of silence at all city fire stations beginning at 9:50 a.m., when firefighters will bring their vehicles out with lights activated. At 9:58 a.m., firefighters will stand at attention. A minute later, the moment of silence will begin. For a list of fire stations, visit www.myclearwater.com/gov/depts/fire/stations.asp.
-Join Oldsmar Fire Rescue for its fourth annual Sept. 11 Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. at the Oldsmar Fire Station, 225 Pine Ave. N. Area fire department honor guards will take part in the ceremony, which will include a "last call" bell and the placing of a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial Monument.
-Safety Harbor will host a Freedom Walk tribute at 6 p.m. , beginning at Veterans Park next to the Safety Harbor Marina, 400 Veterans Memorial Way. Parking is available at Marina Park. Call (727) 724-1572.
-Dunedin will present a memorial concert featuring patriotic music by Frank Parson's Big Band at 6:30 p.m. at the Dunedin Community Center, 1920 Pinehurst Road. Call (727) 812-4530.
In Pasco County
There will be a dedication at noon today of a new 9/11 memorial at the West Pasco Judicial Center, 7530 Little Road in New Port Richey. The memorial includes a wall mural, a "Flag of Honor" containing the names of all 9/11 victims and a "Flag of Heroes" with the names of first responders who died that day so that others could live.
A memorial service will be from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at Sims Park in downtown New Port Richey. There will be prayers by local clergy and music by the Richey Concert Band and choral groups from local schools. The American Red Cross will distribute 2,752 carnations in remembrance of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001.