Friday marks eight years since the September 11th terrorist attacks. This weekend, many groups are holding ceremonies to honor the thousands of lives lost.
On Friday, retired members of the fire department of New York now living in the Carolinas will remember the events of September 11th and the nearly 350 firefighters who died that day. It begins with a memorial mass at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church on Hwy 17 in Shallotte at 9:00 a.m. After that, a ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. in the Victory Garden at Brunswick Community College.
Woodmen of the World Lodges 130 and 1088 are also holding a ceremony to honor the heroes and victims of the terrorist attacks. It takes place at the North Carolina Wildlife Action State Headquarters on Sunset Terrace Avenue in Whiteville. It begins at 11:00 a.m. and should last about 30 minutes.
Wounded service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are being honored this weekend. Hope for the Warriors is cycling across the area. A ceremony begins Friday morning at 8:45 a.m. at Lake Front Park. Cycling begins at 9:00 a.m. A beach bash will follow at 6:00 p.m. at Caswell Beach. The following morning, you can join in a community ride around Oak Island.
The Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club is also holding a memorial ride to honor those whose lives were lost on 9/11. It begins with a kick off party Friday night at the Beach House on Market Street from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. The ride begins Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Britt Motorsports on Market Street. Registration is $25 per motorcycle and an additional $10 per passenger. Proceeds benefit the burn center in Chapel Hill.
Saturday, it is a salute to World War II veteran’s jamboree. More than 50 veterans will be on hand to share their stories and show off wartime memorabilia, photos and documents. It takes place at the Hannah Block Historic USO, 120 S. 2nd St., from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Funds are needed to build the Officer Down Memorial Wall in Wilmington to honor local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. That is why a celebrity autograph fundraiser is taking place Saturday at Independence Mall. You will get to meet Tar Heels football coach John Bunting, BoneCrusher Smith, actors from One Tree Hill, and more. It begins at 10:30 and ends at 1:30. Cost is $20.
Moms and moms-to-be don’t want to miss the Cape Fear Maternity and Baby Expo Saturday. It begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Coastline Convention Center. It ends at 4:00 p.m. Admission is five dollars for adults.
It is a big anniversary for Leland. The town is celebrating twenty years of incorporation. A Founders Day festival begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. at the Leland Municipal Park. There will be music, entertainment, crafts and of course, events to keep the kids occupied.
And on Sunday, First Presbyterian Church presents its 13th season of “Music at First.” It begins at 5:00 p.m. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated.
Also, if you have a child who still rides in a car seat, you will want to take advantage of a free child safety seat check conducted by Safe Kids of Cape Fear and New Hanover Trauma Services. It takes place Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until noon at Mayfaire Town Center.
You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.