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Arlington remembers 9/11 with several activities
ARLINGTON — Those who plan on visiting downtown Arlington during the weekend of Sept. 10-11 should wear their walking shoes, since both days will be packed with activities for pedestrians, including commemorations of the 9/11 attacks 10 years ago.
The Arlington Arts Council will be conducting “Art in the Park” in Legion Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11.
“A special celebration of the arts kicks off at noon on Saturday, when the Arts Council honors the public art contributions for the year,” said city of Arlington Recreation Coordinator Sarah Lopez.
Paul Nyenhuis, Greg Parke and Stan Shipley will provide music for the two-day event, which also promises to include food vendors and raffle prizes, while Baker Photographics have pledged to donate 10 percent of their sales toward the 9/11 memorial in Arlington.
Sept. 10 will also feature a used book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. across from the Arlington Library at 135 N .Washington Ave., as well as the return of the Arlington Farmers Market to the city parking lot, next to Legion Park on Olympic Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 11 will see Macleod Avenue closed from First through Third streets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in order to accommodate the Arlington Fire Department’s rededication of Firehouse 46, located at 137 N. Macleod Ave., starting at 11 a.m. and followed by tours of the newly remodeled facility from noon to 2 p.m.
During this ceremony, the Arlington Fire Department will also presenting the World Trade Center artifact recently retrieved from New York City by four Arlington firefighters. This artifact will be displayed in a memorial to those first responders who lost their lives on 9/11.
Fundraising efforts to design and install the memorial housing for the artifact include not only Baker Photographics’ sales donations, but also the Gleneagle Golf Course’s 9/11 memorial golf tournament, a ball buster scramble set for 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 11. To register for the tourney, call the Gleneagle Proshop at 360-435-6713.
Legion Park will host Operation Homefront’s “Freedom Festival” on Sept. 11, with a 5K “Freedom Walk” on Centennial Trail starting from Legion Park at 9:11 a.m. after an 8 a.m. registration. The suggested donation is $5 for walkers.
The pre-walk schedule includes a presentation of the colors, the singing of the national anthem by “Arlington Idol” winner Hannah Gould, and guest speakers including Arlington Mayor Margaret Larson, Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson, U.S. Navy Cmdr. Steve Richards and representatives of U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen.
Legion Park will host other “Freedom Festival” activities throughout the day, including live bands, kids’ activities, food vendors and a patriotic dog costume contest at 2 p.m.