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Patriot Day Observance

A wreath sits during the 2017 Patriot Day Observance at Dickinson College in Carlisle.

Celebrations for the 18th anniversary of 9/11 planned for Wednesday include a pair of local events.

Dickinson College will honor those who died in the 9/11 attacks during a Patriot Day observance at 8 a.m. Wednesday organized by Dickinson’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. It will include the playing of taps as the flag is lowered to half-staff by the ROTC color guard.

The event will take place at the flagpole at Old West on the John Dickinson Campus on West High Street, between West and College streets in Carlisle.

Provost and Dean of Dickinson College Neil Weissman will lay a wreath at the flagpole; sophomore music major Hannah Youmans 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.

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The Veterans of Foreign War Post 7530 from Lower Allen and the Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee will host a ceremony from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to honor those who were killed, those who survived and all the sacrifices of the first responders and recovery workers from the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The public ceremony will take place at Hampden Township Veterans Park at 4345 Marketplace Way.

The ceremony will include speakers from the Hampden Township Police Department, the VFW, presentations from a military color guard, playing of taps, a 21-gun salute and singing of the national anthem. Ambulances, fire trucks and police cars will be on display.

The ceremony is open to all members from the local community. The park is located off the Wertzville Road exit of Interstate 81. Attendees can park in the Giant Food Stores parking lot. A short walk on the walking trail is required to the top of the hill, which is where the park is located.

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