Government organizations will hold events countywide Wednesday to remember the lives lost and emergency personnel who responded to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
City of Frederick, Frederick County and Fort Detrick officials will lead a Patriot Day ceremony at 8:30 a.m. in the Frederick City Hall boardroom at 101 N. Court St.
In Mount Airy, Pine Grove Chapel will host a wreath-laying ceremony from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to honor two Mount Airy residents who were killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11: Lt. Cmdr. Ronald Vauk of the U.S. Naval Reserve and Army Chief Warrant Officer William Ruth.
Town officials and local law enforcement will attend that ceremony, including Mayor Patrick Rockinberg, Mount Airy Police Cpl. J.D. Brooks and others.
Vauk, 37, had been in the Naval Reserve since 1993 and was serving his second day of his annual stint as watch commander in the Naval Command Center at the Pentagon, according to the Pentagon Memorial site.
Ruth, 57, was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War and had been working at the Pentagon since 1997. He had previously been a history teacher for nearly three decades, according to the Pentagon Memorial site.
A reception will be held after the ceremony at the Mount Airy VFW, 107 S. Main St.