Bases in Europe prepare to remember 9/11 victims
European edition, Sunday, September 9, 2007
Tuesday marks the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and military bases throughout Europe are preparing to remember its victims.
Following is a sampling of what some communities have scheduled. All events are slated for Tuesday unless otherwise noted.
nBamberg, Germany: The Bamberg Elementary School will conduct a remembrance assembly at 9 a.m. in the school gymnasium, followed by several activities running until noon, including tree plantings, a static military display and an opportunity for classes to make video e-mails to send to deployed soldiers.
nDarmstadt, Germany: A public wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 10:45 a.m. in front of Kelley Barracks. The ceremony holds particular poignancy for the community as the city of Darmstadt was bombed on Sept. 11, 1944, during World War II.
nSchweinfurt, Germany: A 9-11 prayer breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. on the second floor of the consolidated dining facility on Ledward Barracks, Building 212.
nWiesbaden, Germany: A remembrance ceremony at approximately 2:45 p.m. — the time when the first hijacked airplane crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower — will feature a wreath-laying and moment of silence. Ceremony will be at the memorial park near the 1st Armored Division Headquarters on Wiesbaden Army Airfield.
nChievres, Belgium: A 6th Anniversary Remembrance will be held at the Daumerie American Chapel at 11 a.m. Also, the SHAPE American School will have a ceremony led by Junior ROTC at 9:11 a.m.
nVicenza, Italy: The Southern European Task Force will hold a memorial wreath-laying at 7 p.m. Monday at the SETAF Fallen Warrior Memorial on Caserma Ederle.
nNaples, Italy: Naval Support Activity Naples will conduct a flag-raising and wreathe-laying ceremony at 8 a.m. at the main Capodichino Square.
nSigonella, Sicily: Naval Air Station Sigonella will hold a memorial service at the NAS I chapel from 9:30 to 11 a.m. A commemorative three-mile run, led by the base’s chief petty officer selectees will start at 7 a.m. at the NAS II flight line clinic. No registration required.
For more information on possible commemoration activities, local public affairs offices.
Michael Abrams, Kevin Dougherty and Sandra Jontz contributed to this story.