The Hilliard Division of Police and Norwich Township Fire Department will hold a public memorial to observe the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at First Responders Park, on the corner of Center and Main streets in Old Hilliard.

The annual ceremony memorializes the almost 3,000 police officers, firefighters and citizens killed when four terrorist-hijacked passenger airliners were crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside Sept. 11, 2001.

The park, containing steel from the destroyed World Trade Center in New York City and granite walls bearing the names of each victim, opened in 2010 as a place for residents to reflect, to grieve and to resolve, especially on each anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The ceremony will include remarks from police Chief Robert Fisher and Mayor Don Schonhardt.

Hilliard Davidson High School's marching band and Blue Kids on the Block, a choir, will perform the national anthem during the memorial, said Andrea Litchfield, a police spokeswoman.

The public ceremony has no charge for admission.

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