Community college, Cherry Point, Havelock to hold ceremonies

Friday marks the 14-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States that killed about 3,000 people.

Four commercial passenger planes were hijacked, three of which were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., with a fourth crashing in Pennsylvania as passengers attempted to take back control of the flight.

A number of events have been scheduled in the area to mark the anniversary.

Cherry Point

Cherry Point has scheduled a 9/11 Memorial Observance from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Roadhouse.

The event is open to military, workers and civilians who have base access.

The observance is designed to be a time to reflect upon the lives lost, the suffering, the pain, the horror, and the bravery of the rescuers, while supporting the survivors and vowing never to forget.

Craven Community College

Craven Community College in Havelock has scheduled a 9/11 ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday on its campus.

Col. Chris Pappas III, commanding officer at Cherry Point, is the scheduled guest speaker for the ceremony.

Havelock

Havelock has scheduled a Moment of Silence ceremony for 8:46 a.m. Friday at the city’s 9/11 Memorial outside the police department on East Main Street.

Residents can begin gathering from 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held rain or shine.

Early College East

Early College East in Havelock has scheduled a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

The drive is scheduled to take place on the Havelock campus of Craven Community College at 305 Cunningham Blvd.

Cherry Point Young Marines

The Cherry Point Young Marines organization has scheduled a ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Havelock 9/11 Memorial.

Chief Benny Flores, a hospital corpsman and Silver Star recipient, is the scheduled guest speaker. The ceremony will also include a wreath-laying.