Communities across the Midstate will take time to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks during Patriot Day ceremonies Tuesday.
Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all U.S. flags and state flags on the Capitol Complex, at state facilities, and throughout the state lowered to half-staff sunrise through sunset Tuesday.
“On this solemn day, we remember all those patriots that put their lives and safety on the line to protect their neighbors and communities,” Wolf said. “Their spirit and sacrifice shall not be forgotten and should inspire each of us to serve our communities however we are able.”
Dickinson College will hold a Patriot Day observance organized by Dickinson’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Tuesday morning.
The ceremony begins at 8 a.m. in front of the flagpole at Old West on the John Dickinson Campus on West High Street, between West and College streets in Carlisle. It will include the playing of taps as the flag is lowered to half-staff by the ROTC color guard.
Also included in the ceremony, Dickinson President Margee Ensign will lay a wreath at the flagpole; junior music major Asha Tran will sing “Amazing Grace;” and Rev. Donna Hughes, director of the Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice, will close the ceremony with a remembrance prayer.
The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum in Harrisburg will conduct the 17th annual bell tolling ceremony Tuesday from 8:46 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. at various times. The museum will open at 8 a.m. with free admission.
Using the museum’s Gamewell Box Alarm System, the box alarms used on Sept. 11, 2001, will be transmitted through the alarm bells within the museum, followed by the striking of the tower bell to summon the firefighters to respond. The box alarm code numbers that will be transmitted will be the same alarms that were struck on 9/11 from the Borough of Manhattan, New York; Arlington County, Virginia; and Somerset County.
The Reily Hose Company #10 tower bell and the Fire Museum’s Memorial Bell will be struck in honor and memory of the 184 victims at the Pentagon, the 40 victims in Shanksville, the 343 FDNY firefighters and the 72 additional emergency responders that died on Sept. 11.
The Fire Museum continues to add to the 9/11 Memorial Display on the second floor of the museum. This exhibit now includes artifacts from the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville.