There are events planned all over our area Wednesday to remember the heroic efforts of firefighters and other emergency workers following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

-At 10:00 a.m. at the Roanoke Fire and EMS Headquarters, that organization will receive a $5,000 grant.

Firefighters will use that money to pay for a high-tech thermal imaging camera.

Wells Fargo Insurance and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company are behind the grant.

-A local housing organization is observing the September 11th anniversary with a day of service.

Rebuilding Together Roanoke will make repairs to a veterans home.

About 20 volunteers will start those repairs at 9:00 a.m. today.

Without them, the veteran was in danger of losing his home.

-A town in Smyth County will remember the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks in a very significant way.

Marion recently received a four- ton piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center buildings.

At 6:00 p.m. the town will officially dedicate it at the Memorial Garden in front of the town's fire hall.

A somber, yet patriotic ceremony will follow.

-Our state will observe the September 11th anniversary by flying flags at half-staff.

September 11th is Patriot Day in the Commonwealth.

In accordance with state law, Governor McDonnell is ordering all US and state flags to be lowered at local, state, and federal buildings at sunrise.

Flags will remain at half staff until sunset.