American Spirit

A "Never Forget" flag flies over the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.

Where were you on 9/11?
It was a day we will never forget, and one we shouldn’t.

Fifteen years after 9/11, towns across Western Wake are gathering their citizens to remember, and to serve, in the true American spirit of resilience and generosity.

We hope you’ll take part.

Cary’s 9/11 Day of Service
Sept. 11, 4 p.m.

Pay tribute to the first responders of 9/11 by helping to build raised vegetable gardens for Cary firefighters — register by tomorrow, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m.

This volunteer event will take place at Fire Station 3, 1807 Kildaire Farm Road. Tools and materials will be provided. Rain date is Sept. 17 from 9 to 11 a.m.

New this year, the town has added a native plant pollinator garden to its Day of Service projects.

All participants must be 15 years old or be accompanied by an adult. To register, email

Morrisville 9/11 Walk-Run
Sept. 11, 7 a.m.

The Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department and the Morrisville Police Department host this 5k run/walk in memory of 9/11, and those who lost their lives in those events.

The location is Fire Station 1, at 200 Town Hall Drive. The 5k will begin at 8:46 a.m., the time of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center. At the end of the 5k will be a bell ringing ceremony and a moment of silence. No pre-registration is required, and the event is free.

Fuquay-Varina 9/11 Remembrance
Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m.

Honor the victims and commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 in this program featuring remarks from local first responders, and from a Fuquay-Varina police officer who was serving on the N.Y.P.D. on 9/11/01.

The remembrance also includes music, reflections and a service project.

Holly Springs’ Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Sept. 11, 8:15 a.m.

This wreath-laying ceremony will be held at the War on Terror Memorial in Veterans Park, by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association NC Chapter 15-6 and the American Gold Star Mothers–Gardenia Chapter.

The motorcycle association will begin riding at 8:15 a.m., from Sheetz on North Main Street in Fuquay-Varina to Veterans Park in Holly Springs, located at 600 Bikram Drive. The ceremony at Veterans Park begins at 8:45 a.m., and will conclude with a moment of silence at 9:11 a.m.

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