MANATEE -- A host of events are being held around the area to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Leading off will be a Tuesday memorial at the Providence Community School, 5512 26th St. W., Bradenton. It will begin with a campuswide moment of silence and prayer at 8:46 a.m., when the first plane struck the World Trade Center in 2001.
Most 9/11 commemorative events will be held Wednesday, including:
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota plans ceremonies starting at 8:30 a.m. at SCF Bradenton, SCF Lakewood Ranch and SCF Venice.
SCF Bradenton will hold ceremonies at 8:30 a.m. at the Campus Ministry building and 10:15 a.m. at the flagpole at the 26th Street West entrance. The early service will begin with prayer and a moment of silence followed by a color guard processional to the campus pavilion near the Student Union.
The second service at SCF Bradenton will begin at the flagpole at the 26th Street West entrance
with the ringing of a bell 11 times. State Rep. Greg Steube will speak, and a Cedar Hammock Fire Rescue crew will recognize fallen 9/11 rescue workers.
The ceremony at SCF Lakewood Ranch will begin at 8:45 a.m. with a moment of silence and meditation at the flagpole in front of the Center for Innovation and Technology.
Lakewood Ranch Remembers 9-11 will be held 8:45-9:15 a.m. at Manatee Technological Institute East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.
The First Department New York Suncoast Florida Retirees will host a public remembrance at 11 a.m. on Lakewood Ranch Main Street following the MTI ceremony.
Buffalo Creek Middle School students will post American flags at 9:25 a.m.
The annual "Tribute to Heroes" memorial service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on the Bradenton Riverwalk. It will include members of the Manatee County Fire Chiefs Association, Bradenton Fire Department, West Manatee Fire Rescue and East Manatee Fire Rescue in addition to elected officials and law enforcement.
The inaugural 9/11 memorial lunch will be held at the Ramada Venice Resort, 425 U.S. 41 bypass north, Venice. For details, call Gene Sweeny at 770-330-7683 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A 9/11 Remembrance Ride will line up at 5 p.m. at The Bearded Clam, Ramada Inn, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Bradenton. There will be a memorial and riders meeting at 6 p.m. The ride will end at Applebee's, 3255 University Parkway, Sarasota.
Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter: @vinmannix