Area 9/11 events planned for Sunday

On Sunday, Americans will mark the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks with ceremonies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 crash site in Pennsylvania. The following are some of the events taking place locally:


Nashua Fire Rescue personnel will be gathering at stations on Sunday, Sept. 11, and will hold a moment of silence and ringing bells at 9:58 a.m. Community involvement is encouraged.


The town of Hudson will hold a 9/11 Observance on Sunday, Sept. 11, beginning at 6:30 pm at Benson Park. The program includes an invocation, the National Anthem, presentation of the colors by local fire and police officials, a wreath-laying ceremony and guest speeches by David Paquin, chairman of the Dracut 9/11 Memorial Committee and Ted Luszey, chairman of Hudson’s Board of Selectmen.


The American Legion Post 27 will host a memorial ceremony to remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. The first plane struck at 8:46 a.m. and organizers will begin reading the names of all those who perished beginning at that time. The ceremony will take place at the Londonderry town common and conclude around 11:30 a.m.


The Fire Instructors and Officers Association of New Hampshire (FIOANH) will host the 6th annual NH 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Brady Sullivan Plaza at 1000 Elm St. in Manchester.

The event is held in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 events and offers local firefighters and non-firefighters alike the opportunity to remember and honor the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center by repeating the footsteps of the 343 fallen FDNY firefights in climbing 110 stories.

Climbers should plan to arrive at 7 a.m., with registration beginning shortly after. The climb will begin at 9 a.m.


Merrimack town officials have organized a candlelight ceremony to recognize the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11.

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Abbie Griffin Park in Merrimack, with Town Council Chairwoman Nancy Harrington serving as emcee for this event.

Many Merrimack groups will participate, including Merrimack Police Department and Merrimack Fire and Rescue Department, Merrimack Concert Association, VFW Post 8641, American Legion Post 98 and the Merrimack Girl and Boy Scouts.

Candles will be provided for all who attend. The entire community is invited to participate.


The town of Milford and the Milford Rotary Club have planned ceremonies for Sunday, Sept. 11, to honor all those who lost their lives as a result of the terror attacks that occurred 15 years ago.

In particular, Milford officials will pay homage to the memory of the hundreds of firefighters, law enforcement officers and emergency services personnel who died Sept. 11, 2001, as well as members of the armed forces who protect freedom today.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. in conjunction with the Rotary Club’s 48th annual Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast will be held until noon in the fire station at 39 School St. with the help of the Milford Fire Department.

Donations at the door will go directly to the Milford Fireman’s Relief Association, with sponsorship proceeds supporting Milford Rotary’s charitable giving program.

Ceremonies on the bandstand will be led by Town Moderator Peter Basiliere. They will include a presentation of the colors by Milford Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4368, the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation by emergency services chaplain Gary Williams and a patriotic sing-along aided by the Souhegan Valley Chorus.