Ohioans pay tribute to Sept. 11

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COLUMBUS – With the anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy approaching, many Ohio destinations have planned events to honor and pay tribute to those who lost their lives that day.

* Country music star, Lee Greenwood, famous for the song God Bless the U.S.A., will be performing at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Wayne County Fair Grandstand in Wooster. Reserved seats are available for $6 and $7 plus a $2 general admission for the fair. Free seats are also available with general admission.

For information phone 330-262-8001.

* Gov. Bob Taft will host An Ohio Tribute to the American Spirit at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11. The ceremony will take place in Columbus the West Lawn of the Statehouse.

A statewide moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m.

* Approximately 5,800 Ohioans will join together Sept. 11 to create The Living Flag at the Columbus Crew Stadium. The Living Flag will honor those who lost their lives Sept. 11 and pay tribute to those currently serving our country in military and service capacities. Participants must be at least 5 feet tall and will hold red, white and blue cards to form an American flag.

Gates open at 3 p.m. and the actual formation of the flag will take place between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Active or retired military, police and fireman or anyone who directly participated in the search and rescue efforts in New York, Pennsylvania or Washington D.C. are invited to register to be a Star Holder in the Flag.

For more information, visit www.sunny95.com/sections/Flag/FlagMain.asp.

* Dedication of the Remembrance Memorial will take place in Eastlake at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 11. The Remembrance Memorial is Ohio’s only memorial built with steel girders from the World Trade Center. It includes a walkway in the shape of the Pentagon and grass symbolizing Somerset, Pa.

The ceremony will feature readings by local police and fire departments, the performance of God Bless America and the national anthem

The event takes place in the City of Eastlake, Boulevard of 500 Flags; 440-951-1416.

* Aullwood Audubon Center in Dayton is hosting a Peaceful Reflections Walk from 8-9:30 a.m. Sept. 11. Guests are invited to take part in a walk through the prairie guided by the center’s education coordinator, sit by the pond to reflect or relax while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.

Military personnel and employees of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, police officers, firefighters and their families will receive free admission Sept. 11-15.

Aullwood Audubon Center is located at 1000 Aullwood Road, Dayton; 937-890-7360.

* The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is hosting the Cincinnati community’s Day of Remembrance.

The three museums at Union Terminal will be free of charge from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. An exhibit to honor the victims and heroes of Sept. 11 will be display.

During a tribute ceremony from 10-11 a.m., children from St. Joseph’s School will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. A moment of silence will be held at 10:28 a.m. to mark the time when the second World Trade Center Tower collapsed.

* The Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont will be the site of a musical tribute, Let Freedom Ring, honoring the heroes of Sept. 11. The patriotic tribute, scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., will feature a community chorus and orchestra, seven high school bands, a children’s choir, the Northern Buckeye Chorus, a bell choir and a variety of soloists.

For more information, visit www.rbhayes.org.

* Clark County Remembers Sept. 11 will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Edwards-Maurer Field the Wittenberg University Campus. The program will include 90 minutes of musical selections, a ceremonial observance and an inspirational speaker.

A Community Walk will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Cliff Park and enter the stadium as part of the program.

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