9/11 Memorials in Tampa Bay


WFLA – Here is a list of all the events going on in the Bay area regarding 9/11.

Tampa: 8:25 a.m. at Hillsborough Co. Sheriff’s Office headquarters, 2008 E. 8th Ave., Tampa

On September 11, 2014 at 8:25 a.m. the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

On 9/11 the Fallen Heroes Memorial will be unveiled. The unveiling will take place at the approximate time the first plane, piloted by terrorists, struck the first tower. This marks the 13th anniversary of the attacks against the United States.

The memorial includes a beam which was recovered from ground zero of the World Trade Center Tower 2. Also incorporated in the display will be a lifelike sculpture “Fearless Champions” by artist Becky Ault. This sculpture represents the first responders and survivors of that tragic day (see aerial tour of memorial by watching video above).

This ceremony will pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, survivors and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks.

Tampa: 8:35 a.m. at the Tampa Firefighter’s Museum, 720 East Zack St., Tampa

Tampa Fire Rescue will hold a 9/11 observance ceremony at the Tampa Firefighters Museum, 720 East Zack St. in Downtown Tampa. Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Fire Chief Tom Forward will participate in the ceremony which will include a moment of silence.

Palm Harbor: 10 a.m. at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens, 1750 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor

A 9/11 Memorial Service will be held at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor next Thursday, September 11. The event will include a special unveiling of a new memorial honoring the 74 law enforcement officers who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The list of officers includes Sirius, a Port Authority Police Department K-9, who was killed when the second tower collapsed. The names of all the fallen officers will be cast in bronze and mounted on a gray granite memorial.

This is a one-of-a-kind memorial. A 150-pound piece of rusted steel beam, which was once part of the World Trade Center Towers, is its focal point. The memorial is constructed with over 2 tons of American granite and features an eternal flame at its base.

In an effort to bring this special event to people everyone, there will be a live feed available at CurlewHills.com. People can watch the ceremony as it occurs by visiting the website on September 11 at 10 a.m.

New Port Richey: 7 p.m. at Sims Park (intersection of Grand Blvd. and Circle Drive), New Port Richey

A memorial service to honor the victims of the September 11th tragedy is an opportunity for the community and visitors to reflect on our nation’s loss and remember the victims and their families. The memorial service serves as a time for the people to unite as Americans, participate in prayer by local clergy and hear patriotic music by choral groups from local schools. There will also be a display of artwork from Pasco County students.

This year the guest speaker will be William Bremner, who is a native New Yorker born in the Bronx. At the time of 9/11 he was serving as the Community Services and Disaster Response Director for the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.

A committee of governmental agencies, local businesses and citizens has organized the memorial this year. The public is invited to bring their 9/11 memorabilia for inclusion in a showcase under a display tent during the memorial that will serve as a tribute to the victims. In addition, community members are also encouraged to participate in “Operation Shoebox.”

Operation Shoebox was founded in 2003, as an effort to send support, snacks and much needed personal care items to our troops deployed outside of the USA. Donations, including items such as hard candy, canned food, all kinds of toiletries, small board games and crossword puzzles, from individuals or groups can be made at the memorial service.

Winter Haven: 6 p.m. at Central Park (West Central Ave. at 4th & 5th) in Downtown Winter Haven

5th Annual Honoring Our Heroes – Remembering the Day: The Polk County Veteran’s Council along with all Polk County Fire and Law Enforcement agencies are coordinating an event marking the thirteenth anniversary of 9-11 that honors all Polk County’s first responders while paying tribute to those who lost their lives on that fateful day.

Sheriff Grady Judd is scheduled to speak along with veterans who have served our great nation following that tragic day in our history.

A 50-dove release will kick off the Freedom Walk with members from all law enforcement and fire agencies along with military personnel from every branch on hand to each release a single dove. This release is in conjunction with a nationwide dove release occurring on the same day – 9/11/14.

A beautiful tribute to first responders by Platform Art will be on display.

“Honor” sculpture celebrates veterans, law enforcement, fire fighters and EMS professionals. The sculpture, designed by a Lake Region High School Senior in the 2013/14 school year, is set to be on permanent display in Veteran’s Park later this year.

Bartow: 7 a.m. at Summerlin Academy, 1500 S. Jackson Ave. in Bartow

Summerlin Academy will honor the memories of those who lost their lives from the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a special ceremony set for the 13th anniversary of the tragedy.

The ceremony will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, and take place on the parade field of the academy’s campus, 1500 S. Jackson Avenue in Bartow.

The academy’s cadets will honor the sacrifice made by firefighters, police, medical workers, military and civilians. During the ceremony, representatives of these five groups will place a wreath and other emblems of respect near symbols of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93.

The cadets will stand in formation during the half-hour ceremony, and one will play taps on a trumpet. Members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard are also expected to be present.

Sarasota: 8:30 a.m. at Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota

The Sarasota Police Department, in collaboration with the City of Sarasota, the Sarasota County Fire Department and the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, will host a memorial ceremony on Thursday, September 11, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place in front of the World Trade Center memorial located at the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. The Sarasota Police Department would like to extend an invitation for you to join as we remember the events that occurred on September 11, 2001.

North Port: 8:30 a.m. at the turn-around rotary located near City Center Blvd. and N. Main St.

The North Port Police Department and North Port Fire Department will be hosting a memorial service on the morning of September 11, 2014 to honor those who lost their lives and those who helped in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

The public is invited to join the City’s leaders and special guests at the turn-around rotary near City Center Blvd. and N. Main St. beginning at 8:30 am. The morning’s activities will include guest speakers, an Honor Guard presentation with a bagpiper, ceremonial ringing of the bell, the raising of the American Flag, and static display of emergency vehicles.

Hillsborough Schools

Students, teachers, and staff at many Hillsborough County schools will hold events on Thursday to remember those who died or were injured during the terrorist attacks on September 11th.

Below is a list of just some of the events throughout the day:

Freedom High School, 8:46 a.m., school courtyard, 17420 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa

The ceremony will commence at 8:46 a.m. to coincide with the first impact into the World Trade Center. The ceremony includes brief remarks by the principal, followed by the playing of Taps by the Freedom Band and the Presentation of Colors by Freedom’s NJROTC. Freedom’s ceremony is unique in that Freedom was named in recognition of the 9-11 attacks.

Bellamy Elementary, 10:45-12:45 p.m., front of school, 9720 Wilsky Blvd., Tampa

Each student will plant a flag in the field in front of the school on their way back from lunch. Teachers will have material in their classrooms to talk about Patriot Day after the flag planting.

Sickles High School, 8 a.m., flagpole at front of school, 7950 Gunn Hwy., Tampa

There will be a reading and a moment of silence as students from the entire school gather at the flagpole. Sickles ROTC will have a Presentation of Colors ceremony.

Nelson Elementary, 8:15 a.m., school courtyard, 5413 Durant Rd., Dover

“Ribbons to Remember”, Students will gather in the courtyard to remember and honor the heroes of September 11th. Students and some parents serving in the military will place ribbons on trees. The Durant ROTC color guard will do the Presentation of Colors as the school recognizes the contributions of military families and those serving in law enforcement and as firefighters.

Colson Elementary, all day, 1520 Lakeview Ave., Seffner

Everyone is encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to express their patriotism.

Yates Elementary, 8:30 a.m., outside back court, 301 Kingsway Rd., Brandon

Students, staff, and the community will come to honor the men and women who keep the community safe. Firefighters, police, and county jail officials are invited to listen to songs and will be presented with baskets filled with candy, snacks, soups, and drinks to take back to their offices for all to enjoy.