Anne Arundel volunteers mark anniversary of 9/11 attacks with service


The Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center will commemorate the anniversary of the September 11 attacks through service and volunteerism. As we approach the 14th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we have the opportunity to create a positive legacy through the powerful force of service.

On Saturday, September 12, 2015, the Volunteer Center and its partners, including Maryland Dept. of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Naval Academy, Anne Arundel Recreation & Parks, Friends of Anne Arundel Trails, the Midshipman Action Group, and Ocean Conservancy, will remember September 11 with environmental projects starting at the Maryland W.W. II Memorial overlooking the Severn River and continuing to Jonas Green Park.

To commemorate Marylanders who have lost their lives in service to their country, including on 9/11, the day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a brief ceremony at the Maryland World War II Memorial located in the median at 1919 -1920 Ritchie Highway (Rt 450) in Annapolis.

The keynote speaker is Anne Arundel County Fire Department Division Chief Michael O’Connell, Director of the County Office of Emergency Management.

Annapolis High School NJROTC will provide a Color Guard and the USNA Band will provide a vocalist for the ceremony.

From 9 a.m. until noon, volunteers will participate in environmental service projects beginning at the Maryland WW II Memorial and continuing to Jonas Green Park at the foot of the Naval Academy Bridge. This is a “rain or shine event” and will only be delayed or cancelled if there are local thunderstorms.

In addition to weeding, planting and mulching to control stormwater runoff, we will participate in the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) as volunteers record items of debris they find, giving us a clearer picture of the items impacting the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Volunteers will sign-in at 8 a.m. at the Maryland World War II Memorial.

Opportunities for community service credits are available. Students under the age of 18 must have written parental permission. Those under 16 must not only have written parental permission, but an adult on site as well (one adult for every five youth). Wear sturdy shoes or boots (no flip flops), bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and gardening gloves. Water and snacks will be provided. Parking is strongly recommended at the WW II Memorial on RT 450.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 410-897-9207, or email: or go to