Local police and fire agencies will host 9/11 remembrance ceremonies Sunday and Monday.
Residents in West Pierce County will also honor first responders with flag-waving displays Sunday at 10 spots along state Route 16 and on the Purdy Spit.
All events are open to the public.
The Tacoma Fire Department will weigh in first, with an event at 9 a.m. Sunday at the Firefighters Memorial, 3301 Ruston Way.
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A gathering at the neighboring Ram restaurant will follow.
The program will include speeches by Tacoma Deputy Mayor Ryan Mello, Tacoma Fire Chief Jim Duggan and Deputy Chief Richard Alles of the New York Fire Department.
Because of Sunday’s Downtown to Defiance event, northbound Schuster Parkway and northwest bound Ruston Way will be closed. The firefighters memorial can be reached via Pearl Street, North Ferdinand and Waterview streets, or via North 36th Street and Alder Way.
Elsewhere on Sunday, the flag-waving displays will be from noon to 2 p.m.
The 10 locations will have “red” or “blue” themes, and organizers ask those taking part to bring an American flag and wear the appropriate color for each spot.
More than 500 flags have been bought for those who do not have flags.
The locations are:
▪ Blue: 24th Street overpass in Gig Harbor.
▪ Red: Olympic Drive overpass in Gig Harbor.
▪ Blue: Wollochet Drive Northwest overpass in Gig Harbor.
▪ Red: Burnham Drive Northwest overpass in Gig Harbor.
▪ Blue: 144th Street Northwest overpass in Gig Harbor.
▪ Red: Purdy Spit to Key Peninsula (west of the bridge.)
▪ Blue: Bethel Road overpass in Port Orchard.
▪ Red: Sedgwick Road overpass in Port Orchard.
▪ Blue: Tremont Street underpass in Port Orchard.
▪ Red: West Loxie Eagans Boulevard overpass in Bremerton.
After the flag-waving event, a 15th anniversary 9/11 remembrance ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. at the 9/11 Memorial at Evergreen Park in Bremerton.
On Monday, Lakewood police and West Pierce Fire & Rescue will host a ceremony at noon at Lakewood City Hall, 6000 Main St. SW.
The event will feature comments from Mayor Don Anderson, Fire Chief Jim Sharp, Police Chief Mike Zaro and Col. Jerry Turner of the 2nd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.