9 ways to observe the 20th anniversary of 9/11 in Birmingham

Alabama National Cemetery
Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Here is a list of ceremonies and events taking place around the Greater Birmingham Area in honor of the lives who were lost and those who have served in our military.

1. 9/11 Never Forget—Hoover/Fultondale

What: A USA Softball Tournament with a ceremony honoring all heroes in attendance. Each hero is escorted by their player as his/her bio is read, and they are met by a USA staff member with a token of appreciation. More info.
When: Saturday, September 11 | 7AM-Midnight
Where: Hoover Central Softball Park,

2. Patriot Day Ceremony 

What: The City of Mountain Brook hosts a Patriot Day Ceremony on Saturday, September 11. The event will focus on “Remembering 20 Years” since the September 11 terrorist attacks. More info.
When: Saturday, September 11 | 8:30-9:30AM
Where: Crestline Village, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Price: FREE

3. Hoover Climb to Remember

What: Join the City of Hoover for a ceremony and stair climb to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The event benefits the Hoover Public Safety Charity Foundation. The ceremony begins at 8:30AM in the Riverchase Galleria Food Court, immediately followed by the Stair Climb. The Stair Climb is the equivalent of 110 stories of the World Trade Center and takes place in the Riverchase Galleria North Parking Deck. More info.
When: Saturday, September 11 | Ceremony – 8:30AM | Stair Climb – 10AM
Where: Riverchase Galleria, 3000 Galleria Circle , Hoover, AL 35244
Price: FREE
Register: Ticket registration is to participate in the Stair Climb. No registration is needed to attend the ceremony.

4. 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Observance – Trussville

Veterans Memorial
Veterans Memorial. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

What: Join the City of Trussville for a 20th anniversary observance of 9/11 at Trussville Veterans’ Memorial Park. Coordinated by the City of Trussville’s Veterans’ Committee, the ceremony features the Trussville Honor Guard.
When: Saturday, September 11 | 9AM
Where: Trussville Veterans’ Memorial Park, 55 Parkway Dr, Trussville, AL 35173
Price: FREE

5. National Day of Service and Remembrance

What: Carry The Load partners with the National Cemetery Administration—a Department of the VA—to provide Americans with active ways to honor those who have served our country. Join them for a National Day of Service and Remembrance to help beautify the sacred grounds of the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo this September 11. More info.
When: Friday, September 10 | 10AM
Where: Alabama National Cemetery, 3133 Hwy 119, Montevallo, AL 35115
Price: FREE
Register to volunteer

6. 9/11 Day Community Service Project with Addiction Prevention Coalition

Addiction Prevention Coalition
Join Addiction Prevention Coalition for Volunteer Service Day on Sept. 11. Photo via Addiction Prevention Coalition

What: September marks National Recovery Month and the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Addiction Prevention Coalition is giving back to Birmingham’s recovery community with a 9/11 Community Service Project. Shop APC’s Amazon wishlist, donate items or volunteer to help create baskets to give to local sober living facilities. More info on how to get involved.
When: Volunteer Service Day – Saturday, September 11 | 10AM-1PM
Where: Volunteer Service Day – Birmingham Recovery Center, 2501 International Park Dr, Birmingham, AL 35243
Sign up to volunteer: Contact APC Volunteer Coordinator Nikeisha Macon at nikeisha@apcbham.org.

7. Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony with the City of Hoover

What: Each year, fire stations in Hoover honor those who lost their lives or served our country during the war on terror. This September 11, residents, city staff and those with family members who have served in the military are honored during the ceremony.
When: Saturday, September 11 | Times vary based on fire station.

8. Birmingham Barons

What: The Birmingham Barons are hosting a special event this September in honor of 9/11. On Saturday, September 11, attend Armed Forces Night with the Birmingham Barons for a chance to bid on special military-themed jerseys. Proceeds benefit Alabama Veteran.
When: Saturday, September 11 | 6:30PM
Where: Regions Field, 1401 1st Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

9. The 16th Annual American Legion Riders 9-11 Commemorative Ride

What: The 16th Annual American Legion Riders 9-11 Commemorative Ride remembers the lives lost on September 11, the wars that followed and the efforts of first responders. More info.
When: Sunday, September 12 | 9:30AM
Where: The event begins at B.W. Howell Post 171 + ends at SSG M.W. Hosey Post 205 in Clay-Trussville.
Price: $15 donation per rider | $5 per passenger
Register at the event.

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Patience Itson
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