9/11 remembrance events in Southwest Florida

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Sept. 11 marks the 19th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Below is a list of public remembrance events in Southwest Florida:


What: Candlelight vigil

Where: Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park, 1515 Golden Gate Pkwy.

When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11

Cost: Free

Hosted by the Freedom Memorial Foundation of Naples, the event will remember and honor the first responders and civilians who were lost Sept. 11, 2001. Complimentary white luminaries, which may be personalized, and flameless candles will be provided free of charge. The luminaries will be placed around the memorial and will remain lit throughout the night.

Bonita Springs

What: Patriot Day Ceremony

Where: Bonita Springs Fire Control and Rescue, 27490 Old 41 Rd.

When: 9:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11

Cost: Free

CDC guidelines will be followed during the ceremony. Social distancing and masks will be required throughout the event.

Fort Myers

What: 9/11 Remembrance Ride For The Fallen – Never Forget

Where: Assemble at LCSO on Independence Circle in Fort Myers, ride to Brooks Burgers in East Naples, arriving at noon

When: Sunday, Sept. 13. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

Cost: $20 per rider

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/297306254933718

Fort Myers

What: 9/11 Memorial

Where: Unique Imagez Barbershop, 3567 Fowler St.

When: Ceremony begins at 9 a.m.

Cost: Free

Unique Imagez Barber Shop will be giving service members free haircuts in honor of all the 9/11 service members. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. with the national anthem and will be followed by a moment of silence, prayer and short speeches.

Cape Coral

What: 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Where: City Hall, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.

When: 8:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11

Cost: Free

The event will include brief remarks from Mayor Joe Coviello. During the outdoors ceremony, there will be an invocation and a radio all tone and announcement at 8:46 a.m., which is when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. There also will be a moment of silence and laying of a community remembrance wreath at the base of the national flagpole. Attendees are asked to wear masks and adhere to all social distancing guidelines.

Cape Coral

What: Sept. 11 Memorial / Anniversary

Where: Southwest Florida Military Museum, 4820 Leonard St.

When: 8:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11

Cost: Free; $8 per plate for breakfast

The museum’s indoor event, also a celebration of its 11th anniversary, begins after a flag ceremony being presented by the SWFL 10-13 Club. Following will be the national anthem, a special commemoration and welcome by Nicholas A. Napolitano, Jr.. Food service begins after the welcome and continues until 11:30 a.m. The event will include entertainment throughout. Breakfast will be offered for $8 a plate. The menu will include eggs, sausage, fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy, pastries, coffee, tea and orange juice. Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be offered for an additional $3 donation to the Museum. All proceeds benefit the Museum. COVID-19 restrictions apply with maximum attendance of 140 people.

North Port

What: Virtual Patriots Day Service

Where: City of North Port Facebook page

When: 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 11

Cost: Free

Join the City of North Port in remembering and honoring those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony will feature a flag ceremony, speakers, and a bell-tolling ceremony to honor all the lives lost. This event is entirely virtual and broadcast on the City of North Port Facebook page.

Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda

What: 9/11 – Ride to clean Vietnam Memorial Wall

Where: Meet at Wawa, US-41 and Midway Blvd.

When: Leaves at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 11

Cost: Free

Some motorcycle groups will ride to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Punta Gorda to clean the wall and benches, as well as put out American flags. Wear a red shirt to show support for the troops.

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