A variety of observances are scheduled in York, Chester and Lancaster counties Friday to mark the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington, D.C. and rural Pennsylvania. The public is invited to all events.
▪ A moment of silence and ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the monument outside the York County Fire Training Grounds, 2151 Ogden Road, Rock Hill. The monument, brought to York County by volunteer firefighters, was built using a section of beam from the World Trade Center in New York. It features granite markers to honor those who died. The monument will be moved in December to the new county fire training grounds near York.
▪ Volunteers from the Rock Hill Chapter of Rolling Thunder will wave American flags from several bridges over Interstate 77 in York County, including the Patriot Leonard Farrington Memorial Bridge at Sutton Road (Exit 83). Volunteers will wave flags from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.
The bridge was named three years ago after the late Leonard Farrington, a World War II veteran, waved his American flag from the bridge the day of the attacks in 2001. He continued the annual event until his death in 2012.
Rolling Thunder now handles the flag-waving duties and encourages participation by the public, fire departments and other emergency responders. Volunteers will gather at the Home Depot parking lot at 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to deploy to bridges.
▪ The town of Fort Lawn’s 9/11 ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. at the 9/11 monument outside the community center, 5554 Main St. Volunteer firefighter Richard Hulse commissioned a sculpture made from a piece of World Trade Center beam that is on display outside the community center.
▪ Lancaster County Patriots Day ceremonies and a 9/11 prayer gathering will be at noon at the Historic Courthouse on Main Street. Residents, community leaders and pastors are invited for prayer. For information, call 803-286-7729 or email email@example.com.