It has been 13 years since the deadliest day of attacks on American soil. In that time, the anniversary of Sept. 11 has become a day for commemoration and service.
The Triangle will be host to dozens of gatherings and service projects Thursday in honor of the nearly 3,000 victims of the airliner hijackings and the subsequent attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001.
The day’s events will include the release of doves at Wake Tech Community College, the building of homes for those in need, a discussion of Sept. 11 in Chapel Hill and annual memorials across the region. Here is some of what’s planned:
• The First Baptist Church in Garner will hold a remembrance at its Christian Life Center in honor and recognition of emergency workers. Mayor Ronnie Williams presides, and Linda Hayes, chair of the Governor’s Crime Commission, is the keynote speaker. 11:30 a.m. at 601 St. Marys St.
• Activate Good is coordinating volunteer projects across the Triangle through the 9/11 Day of Service, including home construction in Durham and other municipalities, data entry for a Raleigh charity and farm maintenance work at Cary’s nonprofit CORRAL Riding Academy. Visit
or call 919-578-2280.
The day culminates with an evening commemoration at downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater, which includes more opportunities for service. Guests are asked to register, free of charge, at http://bit.ly/raleigh911. 6 to 8:30 p.m., 500 S. McDowell St. In the event of rain, the event moves to the Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St.
• Wake Tech Community College will hold a presentation at its Memorial Wall on the Public Safety Education Campus, lay wreaths and release doves, with a speech by Phil Matthews, head of the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Program begins at 10:30 a.m. in Room 1425, continuing at 11:05 a.m. at the Memorial Wall, 321 Chapanoke Road.
• A ceremony at Smithfield-Selma High School will include local officials, military members, law enforcement officers and emergency responders. 8 a.m., 700 E. Booker Dairy Rd.
• Christians United for Israel sponsors “Reflection on September 11” at Gerrard Hall on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill, which will focus on questions of how the attacks came to be and whether they could happen again. The keynote speaker is Gary Bauer, president of American Family Values. The event includes a remembrance and musical performances. Free tickets available athttp://memorialhall.unc.edu/
or 919-843-3333. 7 p.m., 116 E. Cameron Ave.
• Orange County honors the fallen with a ceremony in front of Hillsborough’s historic courthouse at 8:30 a.m. State Sen. Valerie Foushee gives the keynote address, with emergency responders and officers from Hillsborough, Chapel Hill and Carrboro and elected officials from throughout the county in attendance.