9/11 memorial events in St. Petersburg

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From the gathering of 345 firefighters in North Straub Park to a display of 9/11 photos at the Museum of Fine Arts, the city marks a tragic anniversary – compiled via Linda Hersey:

1.) Patriot Day Prayer Breakfast: The 9/11 memorials start with a special breakfast at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. Cpl. Michael Jernigan, blinded in both eyes by a roadside bomb in Iraq and his guide dog, Brittani, are the special guests at a breakfast honoring the men and women of the U.S. military. A moment of silence and bell ringing will honor those lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 10 years ago. Invocation by Mayor Bill Foster, keynote address by U.S. Army Major General Michael D. Jones, the recent Chief of Staff of Central Command at MacDill. Cost: $35 with proceeds benefiting Paws for Patriots. Registration: 7:45 a.m.

2.) 9/11 Memorial Photograph: Come to North Straub Park and watch a commemorative photo taken of 343 area firefighters. The number is the same number of firefighters who sacrificed their lives while rescuing others after the Twin Towers were destroyed by terrorists in New York City 10 years ago. The event is at 9 a.m.

3.) 9/11 Photos on Display: After observing the 9/11 commemorative photo being shot, stroll over to the Museum of Fine Arts to see a special display of photos from 9/11 taken by Len Prince. The images will be on display throughout the month. Firefighters and other first responders, along with their families, will be admitted for free to the museum on Sunday.

4.) Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox – 9/11 Day of Remembrance: The 1:40 p.m. baseball game at the Trop will have a special tribute to first responders. Tampa Fire Captain Mark Bogush, who was dispatched to the World Trade Center following the attacks, will throw the first pitch. Also featured will be a piece of steel beam from the World Trade Center; a message wall where fans can write messages to first responders and victims; two St. Petersburg Fire ladder trucks will suspend a giant American flag over the entrance to Gate 1 and the USF robotics machine used in the recovery and search will be on display. The first 30,000 fans will receive a miniature American flag and the first 14,000 kids 14 & under receive a Rays Fire Helmet.  1-888-FAN-RAYS or www.raysbaseball.com

5.) 9/11 Roundtable Discussion: The Museum of Fine Arts also will host a discussion on the terrorism events that transformed American 10 years ago. MFA Director Kent Lydecker and Dr. Gary Mormino, Director of the Florida Studies Program at USF St. Petersburg, will host the talk at 3 p.m.

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