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9/11 From Sea to Shining Sea: Remembering, Helping Everywhere

How communites all over the U.S. will remember one of the darkest days in modern American history.

Most everyone knows about the ceremonies in New York, at the Pengaton, and in Shanksville, Pa. on September 11th. But there are solemn, emotional, and uniquely patriotic events going on from shore to shore -- and everywhere in between in Wednesday.


The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund sponsors a care package service project to support active duty service members and veterans, as well as a pledge drive to support local Gold Star & Survivor military families. Volunteers will build care packages for our service men and women overseas and locally, and write letters of support to our troops. If you're in the area, just show up at the Mother's Walk of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. If you can't make it, you can click here to sponsor a care package with a donation of $35 .

Military Heroes Fund Facebook


The community holds what's literally and figuratively a dawn to dusk "moving tribute" on September 11. It begins with an Air Force Color Guard presenting the colors around 6:30am at Delaware Park. Then runners and walkers will carry he U.S. flag continuously around the park until 7:33pm, or sundown. At 8:30, military personnel, firefighters, police and first responders will gather for Flags on the Bridge at the pedestrian bridge that crosses over to Hoyt Lake, according to WIVB-TV, which lists other 9/11 events around the Buffalo area.

HandsOn of Northeast Ohio


Take your family to see an outdoor memorial at Great Lakes Science Center. An army of volunteers has planted flags in the park next to the Science Center, one flag for each victim of the 9/11 attacks. Organizers say it's a tribute not only to the victims, but to the tens of thousands of others who rose up in service afterwards. Seen from above, the memorial is shaped to represent the Twin Towers and Pentagon.

Colorado Memorial Stairclimb Facebook


The Colorado Memorial Stair Climb in Denver will host its 11th annual event honoring the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11. The event, held at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colo., is one of 40-plus stair climbs that are organized across the United States on or around the anniversary. Participants climb the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs to represent the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Since 2009, more than 25,000 climbers have participated in the Colorado Memorial Stair Climb, and the event has raised more than $500,000 for programs provided by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The climbers have all kinds of reasons they participate:


More than 12,000 volunteers will join together in San Francisco and seven other cities to combat hunger by packing 3 million meals for people facing hunger in the U.S. in what they call the The 9/11 Day of Service. Organizers with HandsOn Bay Area in San Francisco expect more than 1000 volunteers to come by SVN West, 10 S. Van Ness Avenue, to help with the effort. Drop by if you have time -- there are morning and afternoon shifts.


Students, faculty and volunteers with the University of Florida Sarasota-Manatee have placed 2,977 flags on the campus's courtyard, each representing a life lost in the September 11 attacks. "We just want to make sure we're remembering the lives that were lost during that time as well as those who were serving. Whether they are just civilians, or working in the military, fire department, the police departments, we really want to recognize them," Student Body Vice-President Kayla Collins told My Suncoast. A remembrance ceremony will begin at 8:20am Wednesday.

USF Sarasota-Manatee Facebook

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