This Wednesday will be 18 years since four commercial airplanes, hijacked by terrorists, crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing 2,977 people — including 403 first responders in New York City.
A number of ceremonies are scheduled across the North Shore to remember the attacks and honor the victims and first responders whose lives were lost on Sept. 11, 2001. All events take place Wednesday, Sept. 11, and in many instances, the ceremonies closely follow the guidelines suggested by the state Department of Fire Services, which includes lowering the flag to half-mast, a bell-ringing ceremony, reading the fireman's prayer, and a moment of silence.
BEVERLY: The 9/11 memorial at the Massachusetts Task Force 1 headquarters, at 43 Airport Road, will be open to the public, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Endicott College welcomes the public to its “A Tribute to Those Who Serve” sculpture park from 5 to 5:30 p.m. for a brief service. The campus is located at 376 Hale St.
BOXFORD: The Boxford Fire Department will hold a short ceremony at the East Fire Station, 6 Middleton Road, at 9:50 a.m.
DANVERS: The annual ceremony at New Brothers Restaurant and Deli begins at 8:30 a.m., in front of the restaurant, at 31 Maple St. The ceremony will include a prayer from a local clergy member, posting of the colors, a moment of silence, several speakers, and a performance from the Northshoremen Barbershop quartet. The service is followed by breakfast inside.
The Danvers Fire Department will also hold a ceremony, beginning at 9:55 a.m., at Fire Headquarters at 64 High St. Retired fire Capt. Frank Sacco will speak, and there will be a flag ceremony and a bell ringing.
HAMILTON: The Hamilton Fire Department will be joined by Hamilton police for a brief ceremony at 9:55 a.m. at the Fire Station at 265 Bay Road.
MARBLEHEAD: The Marblehead fire and police departments will conduct a remembrance ceremony at approximately 10 a.m. at Memorial Park (corner of Pleasant and Essex streets).
MIDDLETON: The Middleton Fire Department will hold a 15-minute ceremony at 9:55 a.m. at the Fire Department, 4 Lake St.
PEABODY: The Peabody fire and police departments will hold a “September 11th Remembrance," beginning at 9:45 a.m. in front of the Public Safety Memorial on Perkins Street, across from Emerson Park. At 10 a.m., Fire Department personnel and guests will assemble at attention in front of the fire apparatus. There will be a bell-ringing ceremony and the memorial’s flag will be lowered to half-mast. There will be a moment of silence, followed the reading of a prayer for those who died on 9/11 and the firefighters’ prayer.
And then at approximately 11 a.m., Mayor Ted Bettencourt and other dignitaries will gather at Brooksby Farm during Senior Day for the dedication of a new flagpole at the farm, during which the mayor will also host a brief recognition ceremony for local victims of 9/11 and first responders. The city-run farm is located at 54 Felton St.
SALEM: The Salem Fire Department will conduct its annual ceremony in front of Fire Headquarters, 48 Lafayette St., starting at 9:55 a.m. (on the Derby Street side of the station).
SWAMPSCOTT: The Swampscott Fire Department, along with the Swampscott police, will hold a ceremony in front of the fire station at 76 Burrill St., starting at 9:55 a.m. Fire apparatus will be pulled out of the station, there will be a bell-ringing ceremony, a reading of the fireman’s prayer and a brief prayer.
WENHAM: A ceremony will be held at the Fire Department at 140 Main St., starting around 9:30 a.m., in conjunction with Wenham police.