Ceremonies Thursday and Sunday in Havelock and Fairfield Harbour will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.

Craven Community College has scheduled a Sept. 11 Remembrance at both the New Bern and Havelock campuses.

New Bern's campus event will be at 12:30 p.m. and Havelock's will be at 5 p.m.

The event will feature remarks from Jodi Grenier, who was living in an apartment in New York City nears the World Trade Center twin towers when two hijacked planes were deliberately flown into them.

Grenier will speak about her account of the events of that day and health issues she has dealt with in the last 15 years since the attack.

Grenier lived next to the south tower and worked in Manhattan at the time of the attacks.

“I ran toward the towers that day. I knew many people there and had an instinct to help them,” Grenier said. “I saw everything go on. I lived in my apartment for six months after, overlooking the pit, breathing the toxins. The after-effects have been horrible.”

The city of Havelock has scheduled its memorial event on Sunday morning at the 9/11 Memorial, which is built around a steel artifact from the World Trade Center.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and will feature a bagpiper, Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of the national anthem by Delaney Meadows, and speakers including Pastor Jim Kohr of Freedom Baptist Church, Havelock Police Chief David Magnusson, Havelock Fire Chief Rick Zaccardelli and Havelock Mayor Will Lewis.

A moment of silence is planned for 8:46 a.m., which coincides with the exact moment that the first hijacked airliner struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.

The ceremony concludes with the singing of “America the Beautiful” and the playing of “Taps” at 9:03 a.m., the time at which the second hijacked airliner struck the south tower of the World Trade Center.

Fairfield Harbour has scheduled its ceremony at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Fairfield Harbour Community Center’s 9/11 Memorial, 585 Broad Creek Road.

​The ceremony will include a color guard from Cherry Point, remarks by Craven County Commissioner Tom Mark and others, and the placement of a wreath.

Bob Dumon will play the trumpet and a special vocal tribute will be performed by The Southern Gentlemen and Terry Knickerbocker. Ann Simpson, Fairfield Harbour Property Owners Association president, and other board members will preside over the ceremony.

The Fairfield Harbour monument was erected and dedicated in 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the al-Qaida attacks. The memorial includes actual girders from the World Trade Center from New York.

A local Girl Scout troop will also participate. Refreshments will be served after the service.

Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Matt Spirko said it was a community effort to build the memorial and a center of community pride in the largely retirement community. He said volunteers undertook the project, including the fire department members and retired members, such as Jim Abell and Walt Kerner.

​At the 2011 ceremony, a plaque was dedicated by Simpson, remembering the late Vinnie Albanese, who worked tirelessly at the attack site in the days after the tragedy. He died of a 9/11 site-related illness.

 

ENC Media Group reporters Drew C. Wilson and Charlie Hall contributed to this story.