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Locals to mark 9-11 anniversary

Police and fire taking part in memorial ride, while South Delta Baptist dedicating service to first responders

As the world reflects on the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the U.S., local firefighters and police officers are taking part in local events this weekend to mark the 10th anniversary.

Several Delta police officers are taking part in the annual 9-11 Memorial Ride and Remembrance Service.

The procession will leave the River Rock Casino in Richmond at 8 a.m. Sunday. The escorted procession will make its way south on Highway 99 to Peace Arch Park at the Peace Arch border crossing.

The service is scheduled to coincide with the timing of the historic events with a Canadian Forces fly-by to mark "the moment."

The ride focuses on motorcyclists, however, a number of other emergency services' vehicles will be taking part.

Delta's fire department will have two of its tower trucks out at 112th Street and Highway 99. Deputy chief Paul Scholfield said the two trucks would be draped with the Canadian and U.S. flags to create an arch for the procession.

This year's ride will also feature attendees representing New York's emergency services.

South Delta Baptist Church is dedicating part of its Sunday morning services to honouring local emergency responders.

"It just seemed appropriate," said pastor Paul Johnson, adding that it will be part of services at 9 a.m. and 10: 45 a.m.

Police chief Jim Cessford will be in attendance, along with other local officers, as well as representatives from Delta fire department.

Recently, a number of Delta police officers and firefighters, who were in New York City for the World Police and Fire Games, got a chance to attend two special ceremonies. One honoured those who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, while the other was an opportunity for members of the public to express their gratitude for the support the city received locally, nationally and internationally following the terrorist attacks.

"It is an honour for the Delta police to represent this community and Canadian citizens at these meaningful ceremonies," said Delta police spokesperson Sgt. Sharlene Brooks.

jkerr@delta-optimist.com

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