Remembering 9/11: Complete guide to commemorations, activities on North Olympic Peninsula

Here’s a listing of public events and commemorations in Clallam and Jefferson counties in connection with the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

This Web site,, is posting this list in full to promote North Olympic Peninsula residents’ participation in events recalling and honoring the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.

In addition to these events, many schools across the North Olympic Peninsula are planning ceremonies primarily for students.

The following public events are listed in alphabetical order by town.


The Brinnon chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars and its ladies auxiliary are hosting a ceremony at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday at Brinnon School, 46 Schoolhouse Road.

The ceremony will involve students, teachers, Jefferson County Fire District No. 4 firefighters, and others.


Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 in Chimacum will hold a memorial service Wednesday to commemorate the firefighters who died in the terrorist attacks.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., at the Chimacum Fire Hall, 9193 Rhody Drive. The public is invited.

The service will include five minutes of silence, sirens sounded at the time of both World Trade Center tower collapses, and a reading of the names of the 343 firefighters who died that day in the line of duty.

A community reception will be held at the fire house at 10:30 a.m.


Mayor Nedra Reed on Monday proclaimed Wednesday as Patriot Day in Forks so that “each of us does not lose sight of the many lessons we have learned in the past year. . . .”

Rep. Jim Buck, R-Joyce, will be presenting “Ground Zero at the World Trade Center” during Wednesday’s Forks Chamber of Commerce noon luncheon at the Smoke House Restaurant, 193161 Highway 101.

Buck visited the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 attacks last year. He will present his photographs and talk about his impressions.

Lunch is $7.50; coffee $1.

Port Angeles

In Port Angeles, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Honor Guard will make several appearances Wednesday, starting with a 9:30 a.m. posting of colors at Roosevelt Middle School, 106 Monroe Road.

At 11 a.m., the Honor Guard will post the colors at Port Angeles High School, 304 E. Park Ave.

The guard will participate in a bench and plaque dedication ceremony on the Waterfront Trail at 3:30 p.m., honoring Deputy Wally Davis, who was killed two years ago in the line of duty.

* At 4:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Honor Guard will participate in a public safety memorial dedication at Francis Street Park.

The Living Monument in the new park at the foot of Francis Street consists of a law enforcement badge topped with an eagle. It will list career Clallam County public safety workers, such as firefighters, police officers and paramedics.

Three flagpoles and the harbor provide a backdrop for the statue.

The monument will recognize not just those killed or injured, but those who completed a career in public safety in Clallam County.

* Port Angeles and Clallam County will present “Strength of Spirit” at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

The event will take place between city and county offices on Fourth Street.

City Manager Mike Quinn will open the ceremony and firefighter Chaplain Vince Murray will give the invocation.

Keynote speakers include Port Angeles Mayor Glenn Wiggins and Clallam County Commissioner Mike Doherty.

At 8:15 a.m., patriotic songs will be led by the Sweet Adelines.

Port Angeles offices will be closed until after the event concludes at 8:25 a.m.

* U.S. Marshal Eric Robertson will be the keynote speaker Wednesday at the Port Angeles Rotary Club’s weekly meeting.

Robertson, who heads the Western Washington district office of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, will be speak about terrorism response.

Robertson’s presentation follows a no-host luncheon at the Port Angeles CrabHouse restaurant, 221 N. Lincoln St.

Coffee costs $2.50 and lunch is $10.

* Port Angeles High School is hosting its “Patriots Day” ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The event will be held on the athletic field behind the high school at 304 E. Park Ave.

The tribute will include guest speakers as well as music performed by Port Angeles High School Band, Vocal Unlimited and the Chamber Orchestra. Dry Creek and Franklin elementary schools students will also participate in the hour-long ceremony.

Most other schools and school districts throughout Clallam and Jefferson counties are planning smaller ceremonies open only to students.

* Queen of Angels Catholic Church will hold a special Sept. 11 Mass Wednesday to offer residents a chance to pray for those killed in the terrorist attacks.

Mass begins at noon in the church, 209 W. 11th St.

* Unity of the Olympics Church ninth annual World Day of Peace — a 24-hour prayer vigil — begins at 8 p.m. today at the Race Street viewpoint.

The closing ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The event will include a brief talk on inner peace followed by group meditation and discussion.

Those wanting to volunteer for the serial 30-minute prayer and meditation shifts may do so by calling the Rev. Barbara Jeschke at 360-457-3981.

* Constant Hope Fellowship, 51 O’Brien Road is hosting its 9/11 Memorial Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The event includes a patriotic presentation, songs and a tribute to military men and women.

For more information, call 360-417-1162.

* The Concert on the Pier summer series concludes with a special observance at 6 p.m. Wednesday

Peninsula Daily News Editor-Publisher John Brewer and Key Bank representative Valerie Fox will lead the audience in the singing of the national anthem.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Honor Guard will present the colors.

Music will be provided by the Sequim City Band.

The Rev. Charlie Mays of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will be the speaker and lead the audience in a moment of prayer.

A U.S. Coast Guard fly-over is also planned.

After the ceremony, the Sequim City Band will perform until 8 p.m.

Port Ludlow

Port Ludlow Fire and Rescue will conduct a remembrance ceremony Wednesday to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The ceremony begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m. to coincide with events as they occurred on that fateful day.

The public is invited to the commemoration, to be conducted at Jefferson County Fire Protection District No. 3’s Station 31, 7650 Oak Bay Road, Port Ludlow.

Further information is available by calling 360-437-2236.

Port Townsend

“Rolling Requiem,” an hour-long event featuring a performance of Mozart’s Requiem, takes place shortly after 8:30 a.m. at Boat Haven, behind the Port of Port Townsend office.

The program includes opening prayers and remarks from the Rev. Wendell Ankeny.

A performance of Mozart’s Requiem follows at 8:46 a.m. It is part of a worldwide “Rolling Requiem,” consisting of more than 100 performances of Mozart’s Requiem at 8:46 a.m. — the time of the first World Trade Center attack — in each time zone.

Retired Jefferson County Sheriff Mel Mefford will read an excerpt from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at 9:35 a.m., Casti Castellano will perform Taps on trumpet, soprano Linda Bach will sing “God Bless America,” and the national anthem will feature trumpeter Maggi Dahlberg.

* Jefferson County government will remember the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during a moment of silence Wednesday.

At 9:11 a.m., the clock tower of the Jefferson County Courthouse will ring five times, followed by a one-minute silent observance.

At the end of the observance, the clock tower will be rung five additional times.

The ceremony is to remember the victims, responders, survivors, families and events of the terrorist attacks a year ago.

* Bells at several Port Townsend churches will toll for one minute six times Wednesday between 5:46 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., marking the moment of each attack and the collapse of the World Trade Center North Tower.

* An ecumenical forum is set for 7:30 p.m. today to address the question, “Iraq: Is War the Answer?”

The forum will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 1111 Franklin St.

The event will be led by speakers from various religious groups.

* “Hope for Homeland,” a community prayer service, is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Better Living Center, 1505 Franklin St.

* Quimper Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 2333 San Juan Ave., will be open Wednesday for those who wish to commemorate the day.

At 4:30 p.m., youths will plant shrubbery.

A worship service is set for 6 p.m.

* The Rev. Gail M. Helgeson will lead a remembrance ceremony Wednesday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1032 Jefferson St.

The church will be open from 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. for prayer.

At 6 p.m., there will be a special intergenerational program, potluck dinner and prayer service.


* Jefferson County Fire District No. 2 in Quilcene will hold a ceremony Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. at Station 21, 70 Herbert St., Quilcene.

* “A Service of Remembrance 9/11/01” is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Quilcene Presbyterian Church 294433 Highway 101.

The service will include prayer, music, silence and scripture.

Participants will have the opportunity to light a candle for their own individual commitment to peacemaking.

Anyone who would like to contribute music, readings or testimony should call 360-765-3930.


Two events to commemorate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be held on Sequim High School’s athletic field Wednesday.

* The first gathering will be from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. and is sponsored by the Associated Student Body.

Student representative Tiffany Millet said students wanted to be together during that time and to have the community join them in remembrance.

* The Sequim Ministerial Association is hosting “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” from 12:10 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the high school athletic field to honor victims and heroes of the terrorist attacks.

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