9/11

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show­case the Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Com­mu­nity Band.

“Then Septem­ber 11th hap­pened and it turned out to be a very solemn per­for­mance,” he said, re­call­ing that some 400 at­tended.

At Hart’s Chapel, the band will per­form nine se­lec­tions, in­clud­ing “Seventy-Six Trom­bones” and “Stars and Stripes For­ever.”

Frank Vari, or­ga­nizer for the CCEA event, said Ch­e­sa­peake City’s re­mem­brance be­gan a year ago be­cause peo­ple were for­get­ting.

“Un­less you’re a vet­eran or first re­spon­der or work for (a like­minded) agency, I think peo­ple tend to for­get,” he said this week. “Peo­ple think we’re not vul­ner­a­ble and we are. This should be im­por­tant to them.”

“It means a lot to me to put this on each year,” he added.

In Ch­e­sa­peake City, the ser­vice will be­gin with bag­pipes and end with “Taps.” In be­tween, there will be solemn read­ings and songs pre­sented by mem­bers of the CCEA com­mu­nity. Vari’s grand­son, Noah Tay­lor, will de­liver one of those read­ings.

“Noah was only 2 when this hap­pened. He’s heard about it and read about it and he felt he needed to speak about it,” Vari said of the 17-year-old.

Vari said the con­cert also kicks off Ch­e­sa­peake City’s “Day To Serve” cam­paign. That’s the month-long com­mu­nity ser­vice ini­tia­tive launched by Gov. Larry Ho­gan to run Sept. 10 through Oct. 10.

“We’ll be col­lect­ing food and new or gen­tly used clothes and toys,” Vari said.

Drop-off points in­clude town hall, churches, the fire com­pany sta­tions in town and on Route 213, and CCEA head­quar­ters on Basil Av­enue.

WHIG FILE PHOTO

The Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Com­mu­nity Band will per­form on Satur­day at Hart’s Am­phithe­ater for its an­nual Re­mem­ber­ing 9/11 con­cert.

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