Where to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 in Sarasota-Manatee

Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Twenty years later, local organizations are honoring them.

By Staff September 9, 2021

Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery

Patriot Plaza at Sarasota National Cemetery

Sept. 11, 2021

Sarasota National Cemetery Commemoration

9810 State Road 72, Sarasota

A 20th anniversary commemoration will take place Saturday, Sept. 11, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Sarasota National Cemetery. The name of each person who died during the 9/11 attacks will be read during the ceremony. Rep. Greg Steube, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of the Venice Diocese, Bishop Dabney Tylor Smith of the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, NAACP President Trevor Harvey and local police and fire chiefs, mayors, and commissioners will also participate in the event. Masks are required. For more information, click here.

North Port Fire Rescue Livestreamed Memorial

North Port Fire Rescue will host a brief private virtual event Saturday morning with a flag raising, ringing of the bell, and a few comments; the live video will air at 9 a.m. here. The annual "Remember the Fallen" 5k is also being held as a virtual event this year.

City of Venice Memorial Service

800 Venetia Bay Blvd., Venice

The City of Venice will host a 9/11 memorial service on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10:30 a.m.-noon at downtown Venice's Patriot Park, featuring guest speakers and patriotic music. Cold water will be provided; attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service

400 3rd Ave. W., north of the public parking lot and south of the splash pad

The annual Tribute to Heroes Memorial Service will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Bradenton Riverwalk Emergency Services Memorial. The event is a collaboration between local fire departments, law enforcement and emergency services. It is open to the public. Speakers are Bradenton mayor Gene Brown and Palmetto mayor Shirley Groover Bryant.

Lakewood Ranch Remembers

8131 Main St., Lakewood Ranch

The public is invited to attend this event from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11.A remembrance cube monument designed by Fawley Bryant Architecture and built by Willis Smith Construction will be signed at 9:30 a.m.; the ceremony will also include a moment of silence, speakers and performances.

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