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Local businesses offer events to remember 9/11
SMOKEY POINT — In addition to their own respective commemorations, the Arlington and Marysville communities will be coming together during the week of Sept. 11 to honor the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Weller Funeral Home in Arlington and Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home in Marysville will both be showing free pre-theatrical screenings of “Rebirth,” a 104-minute-long documentary film that follows the progress of five families impacted by 9/11 over the course of the past decade.
Weller will be showing “Rebirth on Sept. 10 at 3 p.m. and Sept. 11 at 1 p.m., while Schaefer-Shipman will be showing the film on Sept. 8 at 10 a.m., Sept. 9 at 7 p.m., Sept. 10 at noon and Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.
“This film shows how this tragedy changed the lives of both the survivors and the families of those who experienced it,” said Mary Jane Harmon, a spokesperson for both funeral homes. “It includes the cleanup, the rebuilding and the memorial to the fallen.”
Harmon explained that Weller and Schaefer-Shipman are both part of the Dignity Memorial network, which dealt with the filmmakers, and that this is how the two funeral homes are able to show this film before it’s released in theaters.
“We’ll have an online guestbook for people to write to the 9/11 families,” Harmon said. “Arlington’s police chief might also be attending, but we can’t confirm which day yet.”
Weller Funeral Home is located at 327 N. Macleod Ave. in Arlington. You can call them at 360-435-2509 or log onto their website at www.wellerfh.com. Schaefer-Shipman Funeral Home is located at 804 State Ave. in Marysville. You can call them at 360-659-3711 or log onto their website at www.schaefershipmanfuneral.com.
Sept. 11 will also mark the start of what organizers hope will be an annual “9/11 Patriot Ride” from Sound Harley-Davidson in Smokey Point, supported by the Puget Sound Chapter of the Harley Owners Group.
Participants are asked to arrive between 9:15-9:45 a.m. to sign the mandatory waiver to take part in the ride, which will depart from Sound Harley at 10 a.m. and is expected to last two and a half hours. The route winds through Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Clearview and Everett, with a rest stop at the halfway point, before returning to Sound Harley for a barbecue.
Although there is no registration fee, participants are asked to email Ron Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org to put their names on the list. Those with questions should email Evan Adolf at email@example.com.