Local 9/11 events on 18th anniversary

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Wednesday marks 18 years since the September 11th attacks.

Several local events are happening to honor the people who died that tragic day.

The Sparks Fire Department is following their annual tradition of placing a memorial wreath and pictures of fallen firefighters at the memorial at 207 Pyramid Way. The memorial will be in place by 7:30AM Wednesday and will be retired by sunset.

The Nevada Veterans Coalition will be holding it's annual 9/11 Memorial Service at the Out of Town Park in Fernley off Farm District Road and Highway 50. The ceremony begins at 10AM and will last an hour. The Nevada Veterans Coalition has been conducting this memorial service for 17 years.

In Fallon, a remembrance ceremony begins at 10AM in the City Hall Courtyard. Mayor Ken Tedford and guest speaker Brigadier General Ondra Berry will recognize first responders and military personnel who put their lives on the line for their country 18 years ago. This year's event will include a special presentation of the Olde Glory Flag Ceremony and Churchill County Junior ROTC honor guard will parade the colors.

The community can also honor those who died by donating blood at the Heroes Remembered Blood Drive. The Northern Nevada Vitalant team needs to average 150 donations a day to meet local needs. The drive runs from 10AM to 5:30PM at the Atlantis Casino Resort & Spa.

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The Nevada Veterans Coalition holds its annual 9/11 Memorial Service at the Out of Town Park in Fernley to honor those who never returned home. Photo courtesy: Elizabeth Rodil.