Communities around Waldo County are planning a variety of events to memorialize the victims of the terrorist attacks that occurred in New York, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania Sept. 11, 2001.

The following is a list of ceremonies that are being planned around the county:


Remembrance walk

Members of the Belfast Lions Club will hold the eighth annual remembrance walk on the Veterans Memorial Bridge Sunday, Sept. 11, beginning at 8:45 a.m., the same time that the first plane struck the World Trade Center in New York.

Over the years, the observance has grown to include members of the Searsport Lions Club, local chapters of the VFW, American Legion and Amvets, local elected officials, area residents and officers with the Belfast Police Department. The group traditionally gathers at the west end of the bridge and walks back and forth across the span until 10:05 a.m., to mark the time when the last plane crashed in Pennsylvania.

Special services at First Church in Belfast, UCC

All are invited to a celebration of spirit Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ, at 104 Church St. At this special service those who lost their lives and those who gave their help 10 years ago will be honored. The service will also celebrate the importance of community, knowing one another’s names, and sharing our hopes for the future.

Sunday school, which meets during the worship service, will begin for children and youth, from nursery school through grade 12. Middle and High School Youth Group will also kick off after the service. Meeting twice a month, this group will explore issues of living as a Christian in our modern world, as well as taking part in a variety of activities including roller skating, bowling, movies and films, and service to the community. For more information, call 338-2282.


Fire Department open house and ceremony

The Searsport Fire Department invites the public to join them for an open house at the Dan Rich Public Safety Building from 12-2 p.m., and will hold a memorial service for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at 1 p.m.

Community Prayer Service for Peace

The Searsport and North Searsport United Methodist churches invite the community to attend the annual Community Prayer Service for Peace Sunday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m.

On this, the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing in New York City, all will gather without political ideologies, protests, or agendas, to simply pray for the peace that people of faith hope for as children of God. They will, however, include additional meditations on this momentous anniversary of the horrific attack, which resulted in such loss of innocent lives.

This prayer service will begin inside the sanctuary of the Searsport United Methodist Church, and conclude outside the church by the Liberty Tree, which was planted in remembrance of the victims in October 2001. Other area clergy will also participate in leading the service. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather.

Searsport United Methodist Church is located across the street from the Penobscot Marine Museum on Main Street (Route 1) in downtown Searsport. For more information, call 548-2239.


Special Services at United Christian Church, Lincolnville Center

People of all faiths are invited to attend “Remembering September 11, 2001: A Service of Hope and Love” Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. at the United Christian Church (UCC). The UCC is located at 18 Searsmont Rd., Route 173, at Lincolnville Center.

The service will be led by Rev. Dr. Jeanne Tuttle with special guest musicians Ann McCullough, Alex Powell, and Colin Adams. The church is handicapped accessible with ample parking. For further information call 785-3521.


Fire Department and American Legion ceremony

The American Legion is joining with the Winterport Fire Department to hold a joint memorial ceremony Sunday, Sept. 11 at 8:45 a.m. to commemorate the attacks on the twin towers. For more information contact Phil Higgins at 223-5733.