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Cities holding several Sept. 11 memorials

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's county seat could be crowded -- and somber -- this Saturday, with three Sept. 11 memorial events planned for the morning.

At the historic county courthouse, Boy Scouts will gather for a Scout Surge as part of nationwide event.

At 8:46 a.m., Boy Scouts across the nation will recite the Pledge of Allegiance together in a show of respect for those lost in the 2001 attacks, where planes flew into New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing thousands.

Also, at 8:46, a remembrance will be held at the Lawrenceville Police Department, located at 300 Jackson St. At 8:50, the department's first "A Run to Remember" event will start, with a 5K road race and fun walk. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and costs $20, with proceeds set to benefit a scholarship for a criminal justice student at Georgia Gwinnett College as well as the department's benevolent fund.

Also marking the time the first plane crashed that fateful day, registration begins at the nearby Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial for Ride to Remember, a yearly motorcycle event dedicated to the day.

Sponsored by local police and fire firefighters who are part of the Red Knights and Blue Knights clubs, a memorial begins at 9:55 a.m., to mark the moment the south tower of the World Trade Center fell.

The ride is set to begin at 10:29 a.m., the moment the north tower collapsed, and is set to conclude at about 1 p.m. at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, after a stop in Morrow.

Another memorial service is scheduled in Winder, where the fire department will sound sirens and bells at the times four planes crashed during the attacks and the towers collapsed.

The presentation begins at 8:30 a.m. at the North Broad Street public safety building and ends with the release of balloons at 10:30 a.m.

In the evening, Duluth residents will mark the ninth anniversary of the attacks by placing a wreath in front of the flags in front of the Old City Hall at the Town Green. Following the 6 p.m. ceremony, a concert at the park will feature Kosmic Mama, Betty Seni and Rupert's Orchestra.