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Photos: Local ceremonies honor 9/11 victims on 14th anniversary of terrorist attacks

Retired Lake County firefighter Ron Foley, of New Port Richey, observes a benediction by the Rev. Dave Baldridge, with the Palm Harbor United Methodist Church, at the conclusion of Curlew Hills Memory Gardens' fourth-annual memorial ceremony on Friday in Palm Harbor where those who lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks were honored. Foley said he served as a fire captain protecting soldiers in Taji, Iraq, during military operations in the Middle East following the attacks. Reginald Roundtree, of WTSP-Ch. 10, master of ceremonies, introduced honor guards, the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem, an invocation by The Rev. Dr. Timothy Parsch, Bethel Lutheran Church, and 9/11 first responder Garrett Goodwin, who shared personal memories from the event. Teams from the Pinellas County Sheriff?€š€™s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard who conducted flyovers, and members of the Tarpon Springs Conservatory of Music and the East Lake High School Choral Group performed. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

Numerous groups throughout the Tampa Bay area planned ceremonies to mark the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

At 9:50 a.m. the Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department planned to bring out trucks with their lights on at each fire station. Nine minutes later, firefighters will stand at attention as an announcement will be made over the radio, followed by a moment of silence.

Tampa held an observance with members of the fire department and Mayor Bob Buckhorn at the Tampa Firefighters Museum.

At Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor, a first responder at the World Trade Center was scheduled to speak at an event that includes a traveling exhibit featuring the names and photos of Florida soldiers who have died fighting the war on terror since 2001.