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September 11 Memorial in Madeira Beach
Thomas Iacobucci / WUSF Public Media

Across the United States, people and communities are commemorating the 18th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks with tributes, services, and other events. 

Listed below are a few of the memorials that are taking place across the Tampa Bay area. 

Tampa Remembers Fallen In 9/11 Ceremony

Sep 9, 2016
WUSF/Naomi Prioleau

This Sunday will mark 15 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Surrounded by law enforcement, paramedics and firefighters at the Tampa Firefighter’s Museum, Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Fire Chief Thomas Forward honored those who were killed that day.

U.S. Senate

Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham of Florida and his allies won a 13-year battle Friday when the federal government finally declassified 28 pages of the 2002 congressional inquiry into the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Dave Gordon
Steve Newborn / WUSF News

It's been 14 years since we were glued to the television, watching those riveting images of planes flying into the World Trade Center, and the towers collapsing into dust. One photographer living near Boston at the time was troubled by those repeating images, and drove to Manhattan to capture what he says is the human toll of the attacks.

StoryCorps

Christina Hoskin and Robert "Bob" Rogan are best friends and life partners - but it hasn’t always been that way. The two met in New Jersey while both were in previous marriages.

On this week's StoryCorps Tampa Bay, she says everything started to change on September 11th, 2001. Christina picks up the story that morning in the car with her husband, Dick.

Music:
“It Never Changes To Stop” by The Books from Lost and Safe

A Piece of New York in Ybor City to Remember 9/11

Sep 11, 2014
Yoselis Ramos / WUSF News

A steel beam from the second World Trade Center Tower is the centerpiece of the "Fearless Champions" sculpture which now stands by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Ybor City. It was designed by artist Becky Ault to honor the first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 13 years ago.

"The sacrifice and patriotism September 11th inspired in our country can never be allowed to fade, no matter distance nor passing of time," emcee Don Germaise said.

 

The keynote speaker was retired Navy Captain Jeff Cathey, and he said it is appropriate to have the sculpture right by the sheriff's office.

It was just after 8:45 a.m. ET on Sept. 11, 2001, when the first jet struck the World Trade Center in New York City and the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history began. Nearly 3,000 people died.

At that time this morning, many Americans paused for a moment of silence. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were among them.

9-11 Remembrances Schedule

Sep 10, 2013
www.loc.gov

Sept 11: Wednesday

Polk County

MULBERRY HIGH SCHOOL, NE Fourth Circle, Mulberry, FL 33860, 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Key Club members at Mulberry High and members of the Kiwanis Club of Mulberry will be honoring 9-11 heroes by providing them with a free continental breakfast of donuts, coffee and juice.

Remembering 9/11

Sep 11, 2012

It was a day that started out like any other here in the Tampa Bay Area. 

President Bush was on a two-day swing through the state promoting education reform. 

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays were scheduled to host the Boston Red Sox that night at Tropicana Field.  That game would never be played.

Sarah Pusateri, WUSF

Increasingly, 911 dispatchers don't just take your call for help. Now, most of them are trained to help keep you alive until first responders arrive.

They help pregnant mothers deliver children until EMS arrives on scene, and some even walk callers through the process of giving CPR.

And a well-trained 911 dispatcher can double or even triple the chances that someone stays alive until help gets there.

Abuse Victim Logs Onto Facebook for Help

May 31, 2012

A west Volusia County woman was being abused by her boyfriend and she had no means of calling 9-1-1 herself, so she logged onto Facebook instead.

Rhonda Torres told officials that her boyfriend, Edwin Otero, continued to beat her and she couldn't call 9-1-1 because he tore the phones from the wall and took her cell phone.

That's when she logged onto Facebook and instant messaged a friend for help. The friend then called the police.

Tampa Times

Two Tampa Bay area men, including one who was investigated for ties to an alleged September 11th hijacker, have been charged with taking part in an alleged $17 million tax fraud scheme.

In a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday, Osama "Sam" Mustafa, 47, and Khaldoun "Tony" Khawaja, 48, along with Khawaja's brother, Muawia "Mike" Abdeljalil of Virginia, are accused of stealing Social Security checks, filing false tax returns and lying to the federal government.