Communities around the state are remembering the 9/11/01 attacks today, in a variety of ceremonies, vigils, and blood drives.

There will be conversations today, about where we were when we first heard a plane had hit the World Trade Center. It's no surprise that I was here, at the radio station, just about to start my shift. I sat with my coworkers and watched the second tower get hit, and then watched them fall. The music stopped as we dedicated our time to gathering and sharing information about what was going on. Like so many others that day, we put our emotions on hold in order to get the job done.

Remembrances will be held around the state today, as we strive to never forget.

Augusta: Remembrance blood drive, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.

Augusta: Memorial Service, 9 a.m. at the Hartford Fire & Rescue station. Governor Janet Mills will be the guest speaker.

Bangor: Eastern Maine Community College will hold a 9/11 remembrance ceremony, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in Katahdin Hall, 354 Hogan Road. The keynote address will be given by Colonel Jordan, Joint Chief of Staff, Camp Chamberlain Maine National Guard.

Belfast: The Belfast Lions will hold their annual 9/11 remembrance walk across the Veterans Memorial Bridge, beginning at 8:46. That's the time the plane hit the first tower. Participants will walk back and forth across the bridge three times, to signify the three planes.

Freeport: The Freeport Flag Ladies will make their last stand at 8 a.m. today, at 134 Main Street. The women who have stood together every Tuesday since 9/11/01 have decided it's time to retire, so today will be their last day. They invite others to join them, one last time.

Rockland: The Rockland Fire Department will hold a remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. at 118 Park Street.

Waterville: A candlelight vigil will be held tonight, beginning at 6 p.m. on the Waterville Riverwalk.

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