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Local events planned to mark the anniversary of Sept. 11

Staff photo / Ashley Fox Tony Crespo holds a ladder steady while Bob Kirchner changes out a flag at the 9/11 Memorial Park in Austintown on Thursday. Members of a 9/11 committee, they helped make preparations for a memorial service at the park, located on South Raccoon Road.

AUSTINTOWN: Memorial service 10 a.m. today at 9/11 Memorial Park, South Raccoon Road, for the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the nation. Participants should arrive at 9 a.m.

AUSTINTOWN: American Legion Post 301 of Austintown will have a POW / MIA Chair of Honor dedication 6:15 p.m. today at Austintown Fitch High School football stadium, 4560 Falcon Drive. The chair is a physical symbol of the thousands of American soldiers who were prisoners of war or those missing today. The empty chair will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made for the country by those who became prisoners and the 82,000 servicemen and women still missing. There will be a guest speaker and then the chair will be dedicated by David Ewing Jr., commander of the American Legion Post 301.

VIENNA: Vienna Fire Department will have a 9/11 ceremony virtually on the fire department Facebook page starting 8:46 a.m. today (marking when the first plane crashed into the twin towers in New York City) with a bell and flag ceremony and speakers. The public may stop during the day to see the memorial set up in front of the fire department, with social-distancing guidelines to be followed.

HOWLAND: The first 9/11 Memorial Ride hosted by American Legion Riders Howland Chapter 700 will start with registration from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday with ride beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Howland American Legion, 8273 High St. The ride will be to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. American Legion Riders chapters from Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties will take part. Participation is not limited to American Legion members, and all riders are welcome. There is no registration fee. Between 100 and 150 riders are expected to be on the trip. If space is needed, the riders will form at the back parking lot of Howland High School, corner of Willow and East Main streets. Riders nationwide have taken part in the American Legion Legacy Ride annually to raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

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