Several local commemorations will remember, reflect on 9/11 terrorist attacks

Tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks when nearly 3,000 innocent victims were killed in strikes at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and southwestern Pennsylvania. Several ceremonies in Tacoma and the South Sound will commemorate that unforgettable day of shock and sadness in America. Here are some of them:

– Members and pastors from more than 70 churches will take part in an evangelical Christian prayer rally at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall. The first Northwest Cry Out to God Prayer Rally will take place from 9:11 a.m. to 9:11 p.m. The theme is: “One Heart, One Mind in One Spirit in Unity with Jesus Christ.” The program will include praise, worship and musicians and singers from around the state The rally will begin with a procession of banners, flags, trumpets and a shofar, or ram’s horn, sounding the call to prayer at 9:11 a.m. An “evangelistic slide presentation””of ground zero in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, will be shown at 5:20 p.m. There will be an altar call and prayer for the sick at several times during the day and evening. Two ministers from Africa will speak at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call at 253/761-2266 or visit:

– “9/11: A Day of Reflection,” sponsored by Associated Ministries of Tacoma-Pierce County, will run from 12:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event is a partnership between Pierce County, the Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum. The half-hour opening ceremony will begin at 12:15 p.m. at the lower-level reflecting pool at the Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St. Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma and Pierce County Executive John Ladenburg will speak at the ceremony. It will be followed by presentations on the hour in rotating locations at the three museums: Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave. – performances by Tacoma School of the Arts students, 1 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.; Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave. – David Nicandri, museum director, will talk from 2 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. His topic will be “Coping with Pathogenic Terror: A Lesson from the Expedition of Lewis and Clark.”; and Museum of Glass, lower-level reflecting pool – David Francis will read his poetry from 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. There will be several other activities throughout the day, including a 5 p.m. closing ceremony. For more information, call Associated Ministries at 253/383-3056, ext. 119, or visit:

– The City of Lakewood will host a Patriots Day Celebration at 5 p.m. at Clover Park High School’s Harry Lang Stadium. The event features a free outdoor concert.

– There will be a “Salute to Freedom” tribute at the Puyallup Fair. The grandstand will offer free seating for an 11 a.m. tribute to the military. Included will be inspirational messages, a performance by the Travis Air Force Band and a flyover by a C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft. Admission to the fair is free until noon for the tribute. Military personnel get in free.