Here are some events in southern Maine that are planned for Saturday to remember the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the sacrifices made by first responders.


A memorial ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. on the courthouse lawn in Alfred. Flags will be lowered by the York County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, “Taps” will be played by George Salzar and Acton resident Elias Thomas will sing the national anthem. The courthouse bell will be tolled and a wreath will be laid during the ceremony.


A ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. at Mechanics Park in Biddeford.


The community will hold a remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Post 20 at Lower Town Mall on Maine Street. It will be followed by a community barbecue on the town mall.


Television journalist Katie Couric will join philanthropist Donato Tramuto and his partner Jeff Porter from 5-8 p.m. at the Cliff House. They will observe the 20th anniversary of the Tramuto Foundation, which was created in memory of three friends who died in the attacks, and award college scholarships to graduating seniors who have overcome challenges in their lives.


A memorial ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Memorial Park at the corner of Main and West streets next to the Public Safety Building.


The Stephen Ward 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run will be held at the Gorham Recreation Department’s Shaw Gym on South Street. The fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K kicks off at 9:15 a.m. The event benefits the Stephen G. Ward Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was established after Ward died in the 9/11 terrorist attack. Ward, a graduate of Gorham High School and the University of Maine, was working on the 101st floor of the North tower of the World Trade Center.


City officials as well as members of the Portland Fire Department and the Portland Police Department will gather at Fort Allen Park for a remembrance ceremony scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Fire Chief Keith Gautreau and Police Chief Frank Clark will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony followed by a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is inviting the public to attend a 20th anniversary remembrance ceremony beginning at 8:15 a.m. at its offices at 36 County Way in Portland. A retired Secret Service agent who accompanied former President George W. Bush to ground zero three days after the attack in New York City will be the guest speaker.  The event will be held outside, but masks are required.


A memorial event will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Cash Corner Fire Station, 360 Main St., South Portland. Police, fire and other city officials will speak.


A memorial ceremony will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the flagpole center of the Town Hall and Public Service building at 100 Main St. Speakers will include Elizabeth Reeves of Topsham Fire and Rescue, who was a Fire Department of New York employee on the day of the attacks.

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