Poulsbo remembers 9/11 with music, breakfast, and a memorial walk

The 9/11 Memory Walk is Tuesday, 10 a.m., downtown.          - Richard Walker / 2011
The 9/11 Memory Walk is Tuesday, 10 a.m., downtown.
— image credit: Richard Walker / 2011

POULSBO — North Kitsap remembers 9/11 with a slate of events that begins Saturday.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed and 6,000 injured on Sept. 11, 2001 in suicide crashes of hijacked airliners in New York City, Shanksville, Pa., and Washington, D.C.

The commemorations begin Saturday in Poulsbo with the Americana Music Festival at Muriel Iverson Williams Waterfront Park. The free festival begins at 11 a.m. with an opening ceremony and 9/11 remembrance. Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson said she plans to make some brief remarks. The music festival headliner is Magic Carpet Ride, which is comprised of former musicians for Steppenwolf; they will be joined for the song, “Simple Man,” by Molly Walmsley of Kingston High School.

Tuesday from 7-10 a.m., North Kitsap Fire & Rescue commissioners, firefighters and staff members host their annual community breakfast at the district’s Paul T. Nichol headquarters fire station, 26642 Miller Bay Road NE, Kingston. There will be no charge for breakfast — which will include bagels, cheeses, croissants, fresh fruit, granola and yogurt — but donations will be accepted for the North Kitsap Schools Foundation to restore enrichment and remediation programs that have been cut from local elementary schools because of budget constraints.

“It's become NKF&R’s tradition to remember the many people lost on that terrible day 11 years ago, by bringing neighbors together to strengthen community ties as well as to benefit organizations with the same goals,” spokeswoman Michele Laboda emailed.

Poulsbo American Legion Post 245, along with City of Poulsbo, Poulsbo Fire Department, Poulsbo Police, Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department, and Naval Base Kitsap, sponsors its annual “9/11 Memory Walk” on Tuesday. The walk will start at 10 a.m. at the lower lot of the Poulsbo Parks and Recreation Building at 19540 Front St. with music provided by Navy Band Northwest. The walk will start when bells from local churches begin ringing.

The walk will proceed down NE Sunset Street and NE Jensen Way and end at the American Legion Park on Front Street, a three-quarter mile level walking route.

Jeff Petersen of Olympic Printer Resources said residents can join in the walk to remember the firefighters, police, military personnel and civilians who died in the 9/11 attacks.


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