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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:53 pm | Updated: 1:26 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Three 10th anniversary community Remembrance Ceremonies are set to commemorate and honor the victims, emergency responders and public service personnel who perished 10 years ago in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and at the site of the wreck of Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pa.

On Friday, a service open to the public will be held in the Northern Lights Chapel on Fort Wainwright.

At 8:30 p.m., a sunset candle lighting ceremony will be held at Monterey Lakes Memorial Park next to the chapel. Luminarias will light the pathways between monuments to past conflicts and wars as well as the granite markers for fallen service members.

The ceremony is being hosted by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and the post chaplaincy. The ceremony is to let the families of the fallen know the loss of their loved ones will not go unnoticed and will never be forgotten.

“All who have sacrificed their lives for our country,” will be honored during the ceremony, said Michelle Benjamin, coordinator for Survivor Outreach Services, an FMWR program.

Members of the public who plan to attend need not stop at the visitors center for a pass. All drivers and adult passengers should be prepared to show identification on the federal installation.

On Sunday, Alaska Remembers Sept. 11, a day of Remembrance and Reflection features two remembrance events at Pioneer Park in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts.

Local fire departments will start at 9:30 a.m. with a traditional Fire Department Remembrance Ceremony, followed by a brief social time from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m.

The Day of Remembrance will continue with a community Interfaith Memorial Service from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The opening fire departments ceremony will honor public safety personnel who perished in the World Trade Center and will include a keynote address, bell ceremony, moment of silence at the time the first tower collapsed, a reading of the names of the public safety personnel killed at the World Trade Center and a recitation of the firefighter’s prayer. There will be 343 small American flags displayed, one for each of the members of the New York Fire Department killed in the attack.

Bagpipes, traditionally played at a firefighter’s funeral, will play at the opening and conclusion of the ceremony.

A social time with refreshments from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m., will allow people to share memories and reflect on the events of

10 years ago.

An hour-long community Interfaith Memorial Service begins at 11:30 a.m. Mike Shultz, KTVF Public Affairs director, will emcee. Music will be provided by the Northland Youth Choir; the Lathrop High School JROTC will make up the Color Guard and Fairbanks Mayor Jerry Cleworth will read a commemorative proclamation.

Readings, prayers and reflections will follow. Speakers include Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Chaplain Fr. Steve Reed; Imam Dr. Ataur Chowdhury; Congregation Or Ha Tzafon representative Liz Ross; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks representative Barbara Clark; Catholic Diocese of Fairbanks Bishop Donald Kettler; Timothy Jones, Col. US Army (Ret.); Mary Walker, Alaska Interfaith Power & Light; First A.M.E. Pastor Fred Wilson, and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Deacon Montie Slusher.

The community is invited to attend the Sunday gathering sponsored by the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Fairbanks Firefighters Association, and the Tanana Valley Christian Conference, with the assistance from numerous other churches and volunteers from AmeriCorps, Joel’s Place and Eielson Air Force Base.

IF YOU GO

Friday

8:30 p.m.: 10th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony, Northern Lights Chapel, Fort Wainwright, followed by ceremonial candle lighting in Memorial Park

Sunday

Alaska Remembers Sept. 11

9:30 a.m.: Traditional Fire Department ceremony

10:45-11:30: Social time reflection and refreshments

11:30 a.m.: Interfaith Memorial Service

Pioneer Park, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts

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