WALLA WALLA -- A number of 9/11 anniversary events are scheduled for this weekend, including several ceremonies sponsored by local assisted-living communities that will be held at area fire stations.
"It's just something that we felt compelled to do ... because we see our firemen and women quite a bit throughout the week, and we just wanted to say thank you at another day and place, and on their turf," Regency at the Park admissions coordinator Kate Moon said.
From 9-4:30 p.m., workers and volunteers with Regency at the Park, Eagle Meadows, Eagle Springs and Garrison Creek will hold tree-planting ceremonies at five stations.
"It is important to do this because we have people who are complete strangers to us risking their lives for us on a daily basis," Moon said.
Other ceremonies this weekend include a Requiem Eucharist at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 323 Catherine St., Sunday 10:30 a.m.
The requiem will celebrate the memory of those who died in the 9/11 attacks, and will include music and a time of reflection.
Also Sunday morning at 11 a.m. to honor those who died, Walla Walla Deputy Fire Chief Brad Morris and his son, Marine Corps Pfc. Logan Morris, will stand guard at the firefighters' memorial Downtown on Main Street between Third and Fourth avenues near the Farmers' Market plaza.
The nationally known promoters of peace, the Interfaith Amigos, will also give presentations on Sunday.
The Interfaith Amigos are a pastor, a rabbi and an imam who teamed up shortly after 9/11 and began touring together to hold open talks and give presentations.
The Interfaith Amigos will be at First Congregational Church of Walla Walla, 73 S. Palouse St., 10 a.m., and Whitman College's Maxey Hall at 3 p.m.
The Hometown Heroes fire station ceremony times for Saturday are as follows:
Walla Walla Fire Station 2, 170 N. Wilbur, 9-10:30 a.m.
Walla Walla County Fire District 4, 2251 S. Howard, 11-12:30 p.m.
Walla Walla Fire Station 1, 200 S. 12th Ave., 1-2:30 p.m.
Milton-Freewater Fire Station 1, 101 NE Sixth Ave., 1-2:30 p.m.
College Place Fire Station, 629 S. College Ave., 3-4:30 p.m.
All the events scheduled for this weekend or free and open to the public.
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