Portland Fire Department to Honor victims of 9/11 attack

9/6/2013 - What: Next Wednesday, the Portland Fire department will honor those who died during the attacks on September 11, 2001 with a wreath laying ceremony and a day-long blood drive. At the September 11th memorial at Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Prom, participants will observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM, the time when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North tower of the World Trade Center in New York. Honor guard from the Portland Fire and Portland Police and will be present as a wreath is laid at the memorial. “The city’s September 11th memorial offers the community a quiet place to reflect and remember the thousands of lives lost on that fateful day. The public is welcome to join us for this moment of silence, which is our way of honoring the citizens, firefighters, police officers, EMS responders and families who lost so much,” said Portland Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria.

At 11:00 AM the American Red Cross will open its donor center at 524 Forest Avenue and hold the “Roll Up your Sleeve and Remember” blood drive. Sponsored by the Portland Fire Department, the blood drive is an easy way for the community to give back. The American Red Cross states that the need for blood is great. The Northern New England Region – Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, needs to collect on average 700 units to maintain sufficient blood supply. The blood on the shelves today will help save lives tomorrow. Residents of the surrounding areas are encouraged to roll up their sleeves for a good cause. “We welcome the Portland community give blood on September 11th. It is our privilege to partner with the Portland Fire Department as we look for a way to honor and remember those who lost their lives that day,” said Michael Kempesty, CEO of the Red Cross Northern New England Region.

The donor center, located at 524 Forest Avenue in Portland, is open from 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM. Participants who donate at the American Red Cross donor center on September 11, 2013 will receive a special “Roll up your Sleeve and Remember” blood drive t-shirt as a thank you from the Portland Fire Department. To schedule an appointment or for more information visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1 800 RED CROSS. Walk in donors are welcome.

When & Where: Wednesday September 11,2013

Moment of silence: 8:46 AM, September 11th Memorial, Eastern Prom

American Red Cross Blood Drive: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 524 Forest Avenue