ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Several ceremonies are planned across Central Florida to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the September 11th Terror Attacks.
The Camaraderie Foundation, alongside local veterans, first responders, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orlando City Commissioners, will plant more than 13,000 American flags on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Seneff Arts Plaza. The flags will recognize the nearly 40,000 post 9/11 veterans suffering from PTSD in Florida. The event begins at 7:30 a.m.
Two high school ceremonies on opposite ends of Orange County will also commemorate 9/11. The cadets from Dr. Phillips High School Air Force Junior ROTC will hold their sixth annual Memorial Tribute with keynote speaker Menachem Green, who worked at ground zero in the days after 9/11, providing search and rescue services.
Representatives from the Orlando Police Department, Orlando Fire Department and Orange County Fire Rescue will be in attendance. The ceremony will conclude with a moment of silence and playing of taps near the time the first plane flew into Tower One of the World Trade Center in New York City.
The cadets from East River High School Army Junior ROTC will also hold a ceremony in the school’s courtyard that will include a color guard ceremony and playing of taps. Both school ceremonies begin at 8:20 a.m.