TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Communities across Tampa Bay are coming together to honor the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, by hosting memorial events, runs, and ceremonies.

Below is a list of 9/11 events taking place in several Tampa Bay counties in alphabetical order by county:

Highlands County


9/11 Highlands Stair Climb Event

  • Sept. 11 at 8 a.m.
  • Attendees of the annual Highlands County Fire Rescue stair-climb, benefitting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, are asked to be at the Sebring International Raceway (113 Midway Drive) at 8 a.m. with a short ceremony beginning at 8:46 a.m.

Highlands County 9/11 Memorial Dedication

  • Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.
  • The West Sebring Volunteer Fire Department acquired a piece of twin-towers steel some time ago and has worked with the county to place a memorial on property adjacent to the Hammock Road fire station (3517 Hammock Road) along the multi-use walking path

Hillsborough County


Lithia 9/11 Heroes Run 5K Race and 1-Mile Fun Run

  • Sept. 11 at 8 a.m.
  • The Travis Manion Foundation is coordinating a Heroes Run to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 at Park Square Plaza (16144 Churchview Drive)
  • Click here to register for the race


Hillsborough County honors 20th anniversary of 9/11

  • Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.
  • First responders, military representatives, and civic leaders will speak during a tribute to the lives lost and the sacrifices made on Sept. 11, 2001, at the Veterans Memorial Park & Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum (3602 U.S. Highway 301 N.)

Pasco County

Wesley Chapel

9/11 Memorial & Memorial Run

  • Sept. 11 at 7:30 a.m.
  • The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel and Tampa Premium Outlets are hosting a one-mile Memorial Run/Walk at the outlet mall (2300 Grand Cypress Drive in Lutz)
  • Following the walk/run at 8:46 a.m., a ceremony will be held recognizing the 20th anniversary of 9/11

Pinellas County

Madeira Beach

9/11 Day of Remembrance Ceremony

  • Sept. 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 9: 15 a.m.
  • The Madeira Beach Day of Remembrance Ceremony will take place at Madeira Beach Patriot Park (424 150th Avenue)

Palm Harbor

Palm Harbor 9/11 Memorial Lights

  • Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Two beams of light will shine more than 1,000 feet in the sky at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens (1750 Curlew Road)

St. Petersburg

9/11 Fallen Hero 5K

  • Sept. 11 at 9 a.m.
  • The Tampa VA Network is hosting its inaugural Fallen Hero 5K to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 at Fort DeSoto Park (3500 Pinellas Bayway S.)
  • Click here to register for the race

Polk County

Winter Haven

Honoring Our Heroes, Remembering The Day

  • Sept. 11 at 4:30 p.m.
  • The Winter Haven Public Safety Department in conjunction with several Polk County police and fire departments are hosting a Freedom Walk and ceremony at South Central Park (1-35 4th Street NW)
  • Residents can register for the Freedom Walk at 4:30 p.m.
  • The Freedom Walk will begin, led by bagpipe and color guard, at 5 p.m.
  • A ceremony and candle light ceremony will take place at 5:45 p.m.

Sarasota County


We Rise, But We Never Forget 9/11 Commemoration at Sarasota National Cemetry

  • Sept. 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • A 20th-year commemoration of 9/11 will take place at the Patriot Plaza at the Sarasota National Cemetry (9820 State Road 72)