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Fire bureau hosts 9/11 events, memorials

Portland firefighters will spend Sunday, Sept. 11, honoring the more than 300 New York City firefighters who died 10 years ago in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers.

At 9:30 a.m., Portland Fire and Rescue will host a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony with U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Portland Mayor Sam Adams and members of Portland City Council and Portland Police Bureau.

The ceremony will be at Portland Fire Station 21, 5 S.E. Madison St.

The events include speakers, singers, a moment of silence at 10 a.m., a firefighter testimonial about helping in New York after 9/11, a bell ceremony, the reading of 343 firefighter and 72 police names and a water display by the Fireboat David Campbell.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., all of the fire bureau's stations will be open to the public. People will have the opportunity to write messages, thoughts and reflections at the stations on single pages that will become part of a large memory book. There will be no ceremonies or speakers.

As part of the day's activities, the fire bureau is working with AmeriCorps to promote Visible Address Portland. People visiting fire stations can pick up Visible Address Portland Kit, which includes door hangers for canvassers to hang at homes where there is no visible address, encouraging homeowners to take action and make their address visible.

'At Portland Fire, we believe that engaging in service and remembrance with the Portland community on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is a productive and respectful way to honor those who died and those who continue to serve,' said Fire Chief John Klum. 'We invite the Portland community to join us on this historic day in service and remembrance activities.'