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Flags and services to mark 9-11 anniversary

Local events for the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania include:

•  The Rolling Thunder veterans advocacy organization and others will wave American flags from several York County bridges.

Volunteers will wave flags from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

The public is invited to participate, said Harvey Mayhill, a Rolling Thunder member. Groups will gather at the Home Depot parking lot on North Cherry Road at 6:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to depart for the bridges.

The flag waving started in 2001 with the late Leonard Farrington of Rock Hill. A World War II veteran, Farrington waved from the Sutton Road bridge over Interstate 77 on Sept. 11 for several years before his death.

The Sutton Road bridge at Exit 83 was named last year by the S.C. Legislature and governor the Patriot Leonard A. Farrington memorial bridge.

•  A remembrance service at the flag plaza outside Rock Hill City Hall at 8:45 a.m., the time the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Several chaplains from churches and the Rock Hill Police and Fire departments will share their thoughts in a brief remembrance prayer for the Sept. 11 vicitims.

•  Winthrop University will lower its flag in front of Tillman Hall. Capt. Jeffrey Krohn will lead a group of Winthrop ROTC students in the memorial ceremony. Taps will be played. The ceremony will begin at 8:20 a.m.

•  Fort Lawn Community Center anniversary program, Fort Lawn, Chester County, 6 p.m.

All events are open to the public.