Dublin will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks next week with the placement of nearly 3,000 American flags.

Dublin will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks next week with the placement of nearly 3,000 American flags.

The Field of Honor will honor the victims of 9-11 on a Coffman High School practice field on Emerald Parkway, across from Cardinal Health, from Sept. 10 to 12.

Several community groups are involved: Washington Township and Dublin donated money, and Dublin City Schools donated land for the event.

"This is a great partnership with the city, township, schools and local groups," city public information officer Sue Burness said.

Flags for the event are on sale online at dublinfieldofhonor.org, Burness said, but they'll also be on sale at the three-day event.

"We'll have flag sales all weekend," she said. "We anticipate a lot of flags will be sold then."

Flags may be dedicated to 9-11 victims or others, Burness said.

"If they want to dedicate a flag, they can and do it for anyone they want to honor. It can be a parent or someone they really respect," she said. "It doesn't have to be a 9-11 victim, but we have a link to (a 9-11 website) online so they can honor someone who died if they want to."

Community members are encouraged to support the Field of Honor with the purchase of a flag, but volunteers also are needed to staff the field during the entire event.

The city estimates more than 250 volunteers would be needed to unpack and prepare flags, paint the field, place and post the flags, serve as hosts, take down the flags and help during flag pickup.

The event will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 with an opening ceremony that will include remarks from Dublin Police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg and Washington Township Fire Chief Al Woo, followed by an invocation and posting of flags.

On Sept. 11, a bell will be rung to mark each of the plane crashes and the names of the victims will be read.

"We're not reading the names live," Burness said. "It will be recorded by the youth of Dublin. We're working with the schools and our Dublin resource officers to make that happen. The names will be heard from the voices of children because their world was forever changed that day."

Also on Sept. 11, a wall of remembrance will be available for people to share their memories, and a bagpiper will play every hour on the hour.

"The ringing of the bells happens at the time of the plane crashes (in New York) and the plane crash in Pennsylvania. People can come and reflect and recognize the solemnity of 9-11," Burness said. "There will be a wall of remembrance, where people can put their memories, thoughts and reflections. There will be chaplains there for support."

A closing ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 12, and flags will be taken to the Dublin Community Recreation Center for pickup Sept. 13.

People also may post memories online at dublinfieldofhonor.org. Burness said people have been posting about their experiences on 9-11.

"We're encouraging people to go on the site and read stories and post their own," she said. "We're getting great stuff on there."

On the site, people talk about the shock, fear, love and unity they felt on 9-11.

"As we watched the towers fall, something inside all of us changed - like we knew down deep our country would never be the same," one poster said. "This was to be the defining moment of our generation. There would be 'before' September 11th and 'after' September 11th for the rest of our lives."

For more information on the Field of Honor, look online at dublinfieldofhonor.org.

To volunteer for the event, call Christine Nardecchia at (614) 410-4406.