The keynote speaker will be retired National Guard Gen. Francis Vavala

Smyrna-Clayton’s 17th annual 9/11 Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m., at Citizens’ Hose Company (Smyrna Firehouse), 103 W. Commerce St., Smyrna, sponsored by the Smyrna-Clayton Ministerium and the Citizens’ Hose Company.

All area military personnel, fire companies, police, ambulance crews, paramedics and other first-responders are invited to attend.

This year's keynote speaker will be retired Delaware National Guard General Francis Vavala.

The service will include patriotic songs, music by the Citizens’ Hose Company Band, bagpipers, a candlelight memorial, the tolling of the firefighters’ 5-5-5 bell, speeches and prayers by Smyrna-Clayton area pastors, and the playing of taps.

The community is invited to join in this service remembering those who died in the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001 and paying tribute to our emergency first responders and military troops.