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Pair of public 9/11 remembrances set for Sunday
South King Fire and Rescue will host a ceremony at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Celebration Park in Federal Way to honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Two South King Fire and Rescue firefighters crisscrossed the country this month to retrieve a steel beam from the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The public will be able to view the steel beam at Sunday’s ceremony.
The steel beam will become part of a memorial in Federal Way to honor the nearly 3,000 victims who died in the attacks.
The memorial will be dedicated Sept. 11, 2012, at fire station 64 at South 320th Street and Military Road. Over the next year, the fire district will raise money and collect donations to fund the memorial.
To contribute to the memorial, mail tax-deductible donations to South King Firefighters Foundation, 31617 1st Ave. S., Federal Way, WA 98003.
FW churches unite for 9/11 remembrance
A community 9/11 remembrance and prayer event will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Sacajawea Middle School, 1101 S. Dash Point Road.
The free event is organized by a group of 15 pastors from churches across Federal Way.
Jeff MacLurg, pastor at Our Savior’s Baptist Church, said the event is not a worship service, but rather a call to action for community service.
He hopes the gathering will inspire people to emulate the heroic choices resulting from challenges created by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“We are asking people to make Federal Way a better place because we’re making choices to serve other people,” said MacLurg, who began planning the event in May.
“Because there was such a spiritual response to 9/11, it would be appropriate for churches to take the lead in remembering it.”
The event will feature representatives from dozens of service groups, Federal Way police and the fire district as well as Mayor Skip Priest. South King Fire Chaplain Tim Klerekoper will be the main speaker.
MacLurg expects about 900 people to attend. He encourages the public to come and connect with like-minded service groups. Call (253) 227-2081.