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Flags Along the Bayshore: Tampa Remembers 9/11

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 11, 2002

This morning at 8, tens of thousands of flag wavers will line the 4.5-mile stretch of Bayshore Boulevard from the Platt Street bridge to Gandy Boulevard for one of the largest Sept. 11 tributes in Florida.

This morning at 8, tens of thousands of flag wavers will line the 4.5-mile stretch of Bayshore Boulevard from the Platt Street bridge to Gandy Boulevard for one of the largest Sept. 11 tributes in Florida.

"The Flags Along the Bayshore -- Tampa Remembers 9/11" program is scheduled to include military flyovers, moments of silence, patriotic tunes and speeches by U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks and Gov. Jeb Bush. The tribute ends at 9:30 a.m. with Taps and a final flyover.

"It's going to be moving," said Julie Whitney, part of the original Bayshore threesome who started waving flags days after Sept. 11, 2001, to show patriotism and pride in America.

Schedule of events

8 a.m. -- Military procession begins from Gandy Boulevard; firetruck procession begins from the Platt Street bridge

8:05 -- Battle Hymn of the Republic

8:10 -- Prayer by a Muslim clergy

8:12 -- Let There be Peace on Earth, Florida Arts School

8:16 -- From a Distance, Florida Arts School

Processions arrive at Bay to Bay and Bayshore

8:31 -- Presentation of the colors, U.S. Special Operations Command Honor Guard

8:32 -- Star Spangled Banner, Tampa Oratorio Singers and Florida Brass and Percussion Ensemble

8:34 -- Pledge of Allegiance

8:36 -- Welcome by the Bayshore Patriots

8:40 -- Remembrance prayer by a Baptist minister

Four F-15s will fly over, symbolizing the four planes lost on Sept. 11: American Airlines flights 11 and 77 and United Airlines flights 175 and 93.

8:46 -- A moment of silence

8:47 -- America, Tampa Oratorio Singers

8:50 -- Mayor Dick Greco speaks

8:57 -- An American Hymn, Tampa Oratorio Singers

9:01 -- Gov. Jeb Bush speaks

9:09 -- Remembrance prayer for the collapse of the World Trade Center

9:11 -- Flyover by rescue aircraft. Moment of silence

9:13 -- Amazing Grace, Berkeley Preparatory School's Pipe and Drum Corps

9:19 -- U.S. Army Gen. Tommy Franks speaks

9:27 -- Taps and 21-gun salute

9:28 -- Final flyover, twin B-1 bombers

9:29 -- God Bless America

Other Sept. 11-related events today

-- Bells Across the Bay: Beginning at 10:45 a.m., churches, synagogues and mosques throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas will ring bells in honor and memory. Coordinated by Bayshore Baptist Church. 253-3411.

-- Hillsborough county commissioners host a memorial service at noon at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square across from County Center, downtown Tampa. Maj. Gen. Select William Hodges, commander of the 6th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, is scheduled to speak. The ceremony will include a united color guard of law enforcement and fire rescue units, the MacDill color guard and the Plant City High band and chorus. Call Steve Valdez at 272-5275 for information.

-- Tampa General Hospital holds services at 8:15 a.m. in the cafeteria and 1 p.m. in the MacInnes Auditorium. Hospital buildings will be draped with flags. Employees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

-- St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 509 W Twiggs St., hosts an ecumenical Service of Remembrance at 12:10 p.m. 221-2035.

-- Greater Brandon Christian Ministerial Association hosts a tribute to the Sept. 11 victims and their families, veterans, and firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at the Pole Barn, east of the intersection of Providence Road and Bloomingdale Avenue. Gifts will be donated by Somebody Cares Tampa Bay and finger food donated by Sweet Tomatoes. Bring your lawn chairs. Call Jay at 224-9622 for information.

-- Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club is organizing a flag waving on U.S. 41 near Sunset Lane and the old Lutz School and the Train Depot replica from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Call Marilyn at 949-1482.

-- Lutz-Land O'Lakes Ministerial Association holds an ecumenical service at Tims Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lutz, 601 Sunset Lane beginning at 7:30 p.m. 949-1239.

-- Franciscan Center, 3010 Perry Ave., Tampa, holds a "Prayer for Peace" at 7 p.m. Religious and civic leaders and members of all faiths will participate. 229-2695.

-- University of South Florida's Center for Globalization presents a symposium on Globalization and Security from noon to 6 p.m. at the TECO Room in the College of Education. Topics include political roles of religion, the rise and fall of the Taliban, international environmental security, health and global security, biochemical threat detection systems and cyberattacks. Call Marilyn Leon at 974-4411.

-- University of Tampa: At 8:46 a.m. as campus chimes begin ringing, students will read the victims' names in front of the John H. Sykes College of Business. From 5 to 8:05 p.m. president Ron Vaughn will lead ceremonies in Plant Park, the UT Army ROTC will present colors, the Fanfare Concert Winds will perform and Susan Taylor Lennor will lead a candlelight procession. Call Dr. James Harf, 259-3333 ext. 3369.

-- Florida Aquarium and WMTX Mix 100.7 host a birthday party for those born on Sept. 11, or those looking for a different way to experience the day. All children born on Sept. 11 up to 14 years old will be given a gift bag. 273-4000.

-- Gaither High School invites you to bring your flag and join the Gaither Patriots at 6:45 a.m. in front of the school. 975-7340 ext. 264.

-- Henry B. Plant Museum, at the University of Tampa, shows the Emmy-nominated documentary In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. The event is free. Please note: The film is emotionally charged and graphic. Call Sally Shifke at 254-1891 ext. 4 for information.

-- Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will hold a community memorial at Belmont Baptist Church, 7830 N 56th St. Starting at 5:30 p.m., 13 law enforcement, fire and other agencies will provide displays. A memorial service begins at 7 p.m. State Sen. Victor Crist is the keynote speaker.

-- Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office honor guard appears at 7 a.m. at Veteran's Memorial Cemetery. At 8 a.m., Sheriff Cal Henderson and motorcycle units will be at the Flags Along the Bayshore. At 8:45 a.m., representatives will be at Davidson Middle School and Citrus Park Elementary for a flag waving. From 10 to 11 a.m., Maj. Eugene Strokes and Capt. Greg Brown will be at Brandon High School. At noon, Sheriff Cal Henderson and the honor guard will appear at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square. At 7 p.m., community resource deputies will be at Carrollwood Baptist Church and the honor guard will be at Belmont Baptist Church. At 7:15 p.m., honor guard will be at the Tampa Bay Devil Rays game at Tropicana Field.

-- Word of Life Lutheran in Upper Tampa Bay, 14200 Carlson Circle, in the Tri-County Business Park off Race Track Road, invites all members of the community to a memorial service at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Jeff Wilhelm at 854-3789 or

-- Busch Gardens holds a moment of commemoration outside the main gates at 10 a.m. There will be a brief tribute, a moment of silence, an honor guard will present the flag and the Mystic Sheiks of Morocco will play the national anthem. 987-5082.

-- Harley-Davidson of Tampa, Brandon and Port Richey sponsors Remembrance Ride 2002. The ride departs from Harley-Davidson of Tampa at 7 p.m., travels south to Gandy Boulevard, to Bayshore Boulevard and ends at the St. Pete Times Forum (formerly the Ice Palace). 251-2765

-- University of South Florida is holding A Celebration of Heroism at 7:30 p.m. at Crescent Hill with music featuring the USF choirs, colors presented by the Army ROTC and a candlelight processional Call Tameka Bradley 974-5735.

-- Bayshore Baptist Church, 3111 W Morrison Ave., invites the community to a service of commemoration at 6:30 p.m. Free child care provided. 253-3411.

-- St. John's United Methodist Church, 5120 N Mendenhall Drive, hosts a remembrance and service at 7:30 p.m.

-- Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, 604 N Valrico Road, holds a candlelight service at 7 p.m. The Young People of the parish hold a service at 7 p.m. in the parish hall. 689-3130.

-- Oldies 104.7 and Bill Currie Ford hold a sunrise tribute at 8:46 a.m. at 5815 N Dale Mabry. A flag will be displayed for every life lost on Sept. 11.

-- Old Hyde Park Art Center, 705 Swann Ave., presents "One Nation Under God," a photography show by Chris Stark, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m, featuring photos from Stark's volunteer experience at ground zero. 251-3780.

-- Walker Middle School holds an assembly "America Will Never Forget" at 2:30 p.m. in the gym, with performances by the color guard, band and chorus. Tampa Fire Rescue will be present with a search-and-rescue dog and a member of the Tampa Police Department will play Taps. 631-4726.

-- Lowry Park Zoo offers free admission for active military, police and fire department employees Wednesday. Those receiving free admission will be allowed one free guest and up to four others at 50 percent off.

-- Terrace Community School pays tribute to the victims from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the flagpole in the back garden of MOSI, behind the butterfly garden.

-- MacDill Education Council holds its fourth annual Patriot's Day Fundraising Golf Tournament at noon in honor of those who risk their lives for the United States. Proceeds benefit MEC by providing financial assistance to active duty enlisted military personnel at MacDill. Call 828-3118 to register or sponsor.

-- St. Joseph's John Knox Village residents honor local rescue workers with Grandma's Cake, an old-fashioned tradition in which elderly women bake cakes for firefighters to show their appreciation. Resident John Knox will present rescue workers with a Hillsborough Heroes plaque and a bronzed statue of a firefighter. Residents can explore a firetruck and EMS unit. The event is at 10 a.m. in the lobby.

-- Stetson University College of Law will display commemorative Sept. 11 materials in the law library. Baskets of red, white and blue ribbons will be placed around campus for all to wear. Professor Robert David will moderate a discussion at 4:30 p.m. in the Great Hall on how laws and civil liberties have changed since Sept. 11.


-- MOSI admits veterans free.


-- Odessa American Legion Post 147 honors Hillsborough and Pasco firefighters, emergency medical service, law enforcement and active military members with a free dinner and dance Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. Cost for spouses, partners and nonmembers is $5 for dinner or $8 for the dinner/dancing combo. Call Commander Sal Poliandor at 920-4512 or e-mail at for information.

-- MOSI holds Star-Spangled Banner Day in honor of Francis Scott Key. Anyone wearing red, white and blue will be admitted free.


-- MOSI offers free admission to firefighters, police and rescue workers.

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