This Friday will mark 14 years since 2,977 lives were lost in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Across Central Florida, several organizations and memorials will honor the fallen victims in remembrance events open to the public.
9/11 Military and Public Safety Tribute at Waterford Lakes
When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Waterford Lakes Town Center; 413 N. Alafaya Trail, Orlando
The fourth annual 9/11 Tribute Event will open with a Presentation of Colors by local JROTC students between Cooper’s Hawk and Regal Cinemas in Waterford Lakes Town Center. The event is free to the public and will feature entertainment including patriotic music, hourly prize drawings and vendor displays. Members of each military branch will be in attendance to speak and answer questions.
9/11 Remembrance Ceremony and Candlelight Vigil
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Fire Station One; 78 W. Central Blvd., Orlando
The Orlando Fire Department will hold a candlelight vigil to honor the firefighters and law enforcement who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. The annual memorial event will feature a musical salute by Orlando Firefighters Pipes and Drums, followed by the Orlando Fire Department Honor Guard presenting the colors.
The service will memorialize fallen brothers during the lighting of 343 candles representing the loss of New York City firefighters, and 60 candles representing the loss of New York City police officers and officers at the Port Authority.
9/11 Memorial Fundraiser at McFadden’s Orlando
When: 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: McFadden’s Orlando; 8291 International Drive, Orlando
The Irish-American pub McFadden’s will be holding a memorial fundraiser to honor servicemen and their families and friends. Upon prior reservation, visitors can enjoy a free open bar and entertainment by DJ Magic Mike. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the 9/11 Memorial Fund. RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worth the Drive
Fallen Heroes Memorial in Palm Coast
When: 8 a.m.
Where: Heroes Memorial Park; 2860 Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast
The annual memorial event honors emergency responders who died during the terrorist attacks of 2001. Attendees will gather to remember the courage exemplified by the members of the police, fire and EMS departments.
Windermere Sept. 11 MemoriaL
When: 7 p.m.
Where: 520 Main St., Windermere
At almost 1,000 miles removed from Ground Zero and just more than 30 minutes from UCF, Windermere is home to Florida’s first official World Trade Center memorial site.
The memorial is built around a 650-pound piece of steel beam salvaged from the ruins of the World Trade Center. It will host members of the community to remember the victims and first responders who lost their lives in the attack.
Daniela Marin is the Entertainment Editor for the Central Florida Future.