Silence, volunteering among NC events for 9/11

At Fire Station No. 9, six spectators stood nearby as three firefighters bowed their heads in front of a fire truck, its red lights flashing.

The firefighters left quickly to answer a call.

The Habitat for Humanity of Wake County held a Peace and Solidarity event to recognize the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Organizers coordinated an interfaith build at a home on Parnell Drive in Raleigh and invited people to stand together in remembrance.

The event focused on healing the wounds exposed by the events of 9/11.

“We had some of our brothers and sisters in Jewish faith, the Muslim faith, and some Christians, wanted to come together to do this – to be able to tie this into this 10th anniversary of remembrance is really special,” Habitat for Humanity Spokesperson Kevin Campbell said.

North Carolina State University also held a memorial service at the Alumni Memorial Belltower to recognize and honor all those who perished during the tragic events on Sept. 11.

The service also honored members of the Wolfpack family who have served in the U.S. military since the university’s founding in 1887.

Chancellor Randy Woodson led the event and U.S. Air Force jets conducted a flyover during the ceremony.

In Durham, firefighters and first responders sounded sirens and bells in remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the tragedies of 9/11.

The sirens went off for one minute, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, as part of a National Moment of Remembrance.

Every fire station in the Bull City took part, to send the message, “We’ll Never Forget.”

Durham’s Salvation Army and United Way of the Greater Triangle invited the community to help in building a memorial garden on the grounds of the Salvation Army in honor of the 9/11 tragedy.

More than 50 volunteers joined in hauling dirt, clearing roots, and cleaning the area before laying a wooden border to contain new foliage at the grounds on Liberty Street.

The city of Conover dedicated its piece of the World Trade Center.

In Mooresville, officials dedicated a monument designed by a 14-year-old and firefighters observed the 9/11 anniversary with a stair climb.

The firefighter’s climbed a distance equal to 110 stories, the same distance firefighters climbed to reach people inside the twin towers on September 11, 2001.

Each climber also carried a photograph and biographical sketch of a firefighter who was lost on 9/11.

Triangle Impact also arranged extra volunteer work for the weekend. Volunteers served meals and sorted clothes at the Salvation Army and painted playhouses for the city of Raleigh.

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