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Events planned to mark Sept. 11 anniversary

The following events are slated for this weekend in remembrance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks:

Friday

Horizon Christian School on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road will observe Sept. 11 today by reading a poem, watching a sideshow and having a picnic. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

Saturday

Gwinnett police, fire and EMS workers will compete in the second annual 9/11 Olympix, a benefit for the Foster Children's Foundation.

Suzanne Geske, who planned the event, said the purpose of the event was to raise money for foster children while celebrating public safety workers around Sept. 11.

The event is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 4545 River Green Parkway, Duluth

"The purpose is to have a positive celebration around 9/11 as opposed to a mourning ceremony," Geske said. "We're looking at 9/11 and saying that it changed the world, but that some good came out of it. It's made families focus, and we know these people are willing to die for us."

The Duluth Police won last year's event, and 12 teams will compete in this year's Olympix program. Gwinnett County judges and commissioners will serve as judges and officials in the event, Geske said.

The Family Readiness Group of the Georgia National Guard 48th Brigade's Lawrenceville-based Alpha Company will hold a Walk to Baghdad Saturday to raise money for the families of soldiers serving in Iraq. Money raised will also go to Hurricane relief efforts because the Louisiana National Guard is serving alongside the Georgia brigade.

Alpha Company's event will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m at Pharr Elementary School on North Road in Snellville. In October, other events will be held until people walk a total of 6,695 miles - the distance from Fort Stewart to Baghdad.

Sunday

Remembrance Day 2005 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sunday followed by the dedication of the Winder Fire Department's new fire engine, and a day of reflection at the John O. Mobley Public Safety Building in Winder.

The Gwinnett County Public Library system has reading events scheduled at various library locations throughout the day Sunday. Firefighters and police officers will read, starting at 2 p.m. at the following library branches: Buford, Centerville, Collins Hill, Duluth, Five Forks, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Mountain Park, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Suwanee and Snellville (beginning at 4 p.m.)