Sept. 11: 10th anniversary events

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• The American Legion will host a commemoration on at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, on the Mall, featuring a Blue Star ceremony honoring 10 military families. Paul L’Heureux of the American Legion will be the keynote speaker. Local fire, rescue and police departments will also be honored.

• First Parish Church will hold an interfaith prayer for healing and peace. Speakers from local churches, the Muslim and Buddhist communities and Bowdoin College Hillel will offer readings, but the emphasis of the service will be contemplation. Service begins at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at the First Parish Church.


• Falmouth American Legion Post  No. 164 will host a special ceremony at its Depot Road building on Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. The Downeaster Chorus will be singing patriotic songs and the event will be emceed by Kim Block of WGME. The post has marked every 9/11 anniversary with a wreath-laying ceremony, and has a special ceremony planned for this year.


• Commemorative events will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in Memorial Park with a candlelight vigil honoring the soldiers from Maine who have been lost since 9/11. Maj. Gen. John. W. Libby will be the guest speaker. From there, attendees will move next door to the Hilton Garden Hotel, where there will be music from the Freeport High School chamber choir followed by a presentation by a first responder, scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

• On Saturday, Sept, 10, there will be a 10 a.m. Maine Army National Guard concert at L.L. Bean Discovery Park. There also will be displays of pictures of Maine’s fallen soldiers and an exhibit of the Heart of America Quilt, the largest quilt flag in the world. The day will end with a patriotic laser light show.

• The Freeport Flag Ladies’ 10th Anniversary 9/11 Tribute will begin at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, at the corner of Main and School streets. Later, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., residents and visitors are invited to line Maine Street for a parade of police and fire department color guards from Freeport and neighboring towns. After the parade, from 3-4 p.m., master masons from Maine, New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania will conduct a ceremony to unveil the 9/11 Monument at the Freeport police station. The monument includes steel obtained from Ground Zero. A 9/11 tribute concert, featuring the Biddeford Alumni and Italian Heritage Center Band, will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Freeport Performing Art Center.

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• Portland’s fire and police departments, IAFF Local 740 and city officials will march along Congress Street to the 9/11 Memorial at the Eastern Promenade to honor the uniformed men and women who died in lower Manhattan. Members of the public are invited to march and are asked to wear white shirts as a sign of solidarity. Gather at Congress Square Park at 8 a.m. At the end of the march, the city will lay three wreaths at the 9/11 memorial for the three locations attacked in 2001.

• Interfaith services featuring a “stone soup” water ritual will be held at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday at Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave. Attendees are invited to bring some water or a stone from a place that has nourished their spirit. Speakers will include the Rev. Myke Johnson, Allen Avenue UU Church; Reza Jalali, USM Multicultural Student Affairs; Rabbi Carolyn Braun, Temple Beth El; Pious Ali, Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance; Anita Talbott, NAACP; Eda Trejo  of Tengo Voz, and Rabbi David Freidenreich, Colby College. Call 797-7240 ext. 13 for more information.

• Peace Action Maine will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by ringing the Back Cove Trail with people holding flashlights, creating a light show to remember the victims and speak out against the wars in the Middle East. Attendees should bring a flashlight and chair around 6 p.m. to get into positions.


• Prior to harness races at 4 p.m. Sept. 10 and 1:05 p.m. Sept. 11, Scarborough Downs will host a remembrance for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

South Portland

• Southern Maine Community College will gather to reflect and remember Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Campus Center, 2 Fort Road.


• Mt. Ararat High School will host a 9/11 commemoration at 8:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9.