Beginning at 11:30 a.m. fire departments from Oregon and Northern California will gather at the Rogue Valley Manor to honor fallen firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. Firefighters will put on protective clothing and air packs and climb the 10-story building to symbolize their fellow firefighters' heroic efforts in trying to rescue people trapped in the World Trade Center towers in New York. After the ceremony, the firefighters will gather for a barbecue lunch donated by the Manor and its staff.
The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport will commemorate Sept. 11 with a ceremony at 1 p.m.. Staff members will place on permanent display the American flag that flew at the Medford airport on Sept. 11, 2001, on the lower level of the airport terminal near the elevator in memory of those who perished and in support of those who continue to serve the nation, a press release said.
At 3 and 7 p.m., more than 140 local musicians will perform as the Rogue Valley Chorale presents a free production of Mozart's "Requiem" on the 10th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. As part of a universal program called the "Rolling Requiem," the Chorale will be joined by singers from the Siskiyou Singers, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers and Three Rivers Chorale, accompanied by musicians from the Rogue Valley Symphony and conducted by Lynn Sjolund, conductor and artistic director of the Chorale. The two performances will take place in the North Medford High School auditorium, 1900 N. Keene Way Drive. Admission is free, but tickets will be necessary to ensure seats for those planning to attend. The auditorium holds 650 people.
Tickets — limited to four per order — are available at a number of locations: in Medford at the Britt Festivals office, the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater Box Office and the Tourist Information Bureau near the Harry & David Country Store; at the chamber of commerce offices in both Ashland and Grants Pass; and at the Community Center in Rogue River.
Avamere at Medford|Waterford, 760 Spring St., Medford, will host a flag-raising ceremony at 3 p.m. National Guardsman will lower the flag; Young Marines will assist with a reading of the flag history; a new flag will be raised and a moment of silence will be held to honor the memory of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.