BEACON PHOTO/MARSHA MCLAUGHLIN HONORING THE FALLEN — HONORING THE FALLEN — The grand opening of DeLand’s new fire station included a memorial for the 343 firefighters who died in the wake of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. The fire station itself honors those firefighters in other ways. The station’s address, 343 W. Howry Ave., was chosen to honor the 343 firefighters. There’s also a pear sapling from the 9/11 Survivor Tree — a pear tree near the World Trade Center that narrowly survived the 9/11 attacks — growing next to the station.

The 9/11 Memorial Breakfast will be from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Station 81, 343 West Howry Ave., DeLand.

Residents are invited to come for breakfast as the DeLand Fire Department Honor Guard remembers the events 9/11 in real time throughout the morning.

This event will be different from recent years: there will be no set program, but it will be a time for us to build community and fellowship as well as reflect on and remember the tragic events that occurred 21 years ago.

On Sunday evening, starting at 6 p.m., the DeLand Police Department and DeLand Fire Department are holding their annual 9/11 Memorial Charity Softball Game at Sperling Sports Complex, 1300 Matt Fair Blvd., DeLand.

Formerly named “Guns vs. Hoses”, both departments will play against each other to see who can win bragging rights for the next year. Admission to the game is free, but donations are welcome. All donations will support the DeLand Police Athletic League.

— DeLand Community Information Specialist Ava Hanner

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