9/11 memorial events planned

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The following is a list of public events being held to remember 9/11. It will be updated if necessary.

Tuesday, Sept. 6

Chamber group presents
program at Cultural Center
“A Decade Of Remembrance — Honoring 9/11 — Today and Always” will take place Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. at On Top of the World’s Circle Square Cultural Center, 8395 S.W. 80th St., Ocala.
Join the Retired Professionals and Executives Group, a Program of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber, and Hospice of Marion County for a patriotic program to honor the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. The Ocala Symphony Orchestra’s brass quintet will perform a variety of patriotic ensembles in conjunction with students at Marion County Public Schools and the University of Florida. Presenting sponsor, Hospice of Marion County, will honor veterans in an official pinning ceremony as part of the Hospice Veterans Partnership program. Local first responders will also be invited and recognized during the ceremony in addition to inclusion of the color guard.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at The Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce, First Avenue National Bank or Ocala/Marion County Visitors & Convention Bureau—checks only, payable to Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
Proceeds from the event to benefit the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce; the Retired Professionals and Executives Group of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber of Commerce with a portion being donated to Hospice of Marion County and the Ocala Honor Flight.
Event Sponsors: Hospice of Marion County and Lilli’s Flowers & Gifts.

Friday, Sept. 9

Field of Flags at
Highland Memorial Park
In honor of the victims and heroes of Sept. 11, Highland Memorial Park will host the annual Field of Flags Remembrance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9, 10 and 11. This is an event for the entire family. There is no charge to attend. Visitors are welcome from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. daily.
Field of Flags will feature nearly 3,000 American flags, one for each victim and emergency responder who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. On Sunday from 6-9 p.m. a candlelight remembrance will take place while a multi-screen video tribute displays the story of events of and surrounding 9/11. FL Blood Centers will be onsite conducting a blood drive from 5 until 8. There will also be an interactive appreciation banner where visitors may leave messages of sympathy or appreciation for local law enforcement and fire rescue.  
Highland Memorial Park is at 1515 N.E. Third St. in Ocala. For more information, call 352-369-1020.
Saturday, Sept. 10

Ceremony at Veterans Park
A 9/11 remembrance ceremony will be held at the Marion County Veterans Park on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m., and will last about one hour. Citizens, veterans and local first responders are invited. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The address of the park is 2528 E. Silver Springs Blvd.

Sunday, Sept. 11

Interfaith ceremony at
First Congregational Church
Ten years after the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001 transformed our entire world, The Interfaith Alliance of Marion County invites members of all faith and non-faith traditions to come together on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 for a service of remembrance, hope and light at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 7171 S.W. State Road 200. The event will begin at 7 p.m. after which light refreshments will be served.
Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Christians, Muslims. Jains, Baha’i, Mormons, atheists, agnostics and all other members of the human family are welcome to become “one in the spirit” of universal love and compassion as they share memories, music and words of wisdom from their various liturgies.
In so doing, Dr. Hal McSwain, chairman of the event and pastor of the host congregation, believes that “we will deny terrorism any victory, honor those who have died, comfort those who still suffer, ennoble our common resolve and strengthen our community and our world.”
The Interfaith Alliance is a national organization devoted to the protection of faith and freedom and the separation of church and state. It seeks to unite diverse voices in order to challenge extremism and build common ground, echoing the words of renowned author Karen Armstrong who has written that “If we want to preserve our humanity, we must make the compassionate voice of religion and morality a vibrant and dynamic force in our polarized world.”
For more information, please email TIAofMarionCountyFL@gmail.com or call Delphine Herbert at 352-873-9970.

Ocala Symphony at Appleton
The Ocala Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor and Music Director Matthew Wardell, will perform the first of its four-part SoundArt Music Series — “Remembering 9/11” — in the Auditorium at the Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 3 p.m. Admission is $15 per person or $55 for the series and includes a preconcert docent tour of the museum at 1, 1:30 and 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Appleton or through the Ocala Symphony Orchestra at 352-351-1606 or www.ocalasymphony.com.
“Remembering 9/11” will be a somber but uplifting musical program that memorializes the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. Pianist Michael Wittenburg will perform Edward MacDowell’s classic “Sonata Tragica” followed by a selection of America’s greatest patriotic music. The OSO’s SoundArt Music Series will continue in the months ahead with “Back to Baroque” on Oct. 2, “Fabulous Flute Flare” on Jan. 8, 2012, and “Percussion!” on March 11, 2012.
Regular daily admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10 to 18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.
Guests attending the OSO performance on Sept. 11 are invited to view the Appleton’s temporary exhibitions “Healing Heart: Witness the Healing Power of Art” and “Recent Acquisitions,” as well as the museum’s permanent collections of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African, Islamic and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays and closed on Mondays. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40
 For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit www.AppletonMuseum.org.