Salt Lake County Fire Capt. Jay Ziolkowski will be thinking of his grandfather as he participates in one of the many Utah events marking the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States.
"My grandfather fought in World War II and he struggled throughout the remainder of his life with that experience. He was constantly telling me, his grandson, 'Remember Pearl Harbor.' I was born in the '60s and I didn't understand what he meant.
"I do now," Ziolkowski said.
Like many Utahns, he will honor the sacrifices made on 9/11 just as his grandfather wanted him to honor those made during World War II. Ziolkowski and other firefighters will gather Thursday in Tooele for a special ceremony.
At the Utah Firefighters Museum and Memorial Building, they will dedicate a banner taken by members of Utah Task Force One to Ground Zero in New York City and remember the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on Sept. 11.
Ziolkowski said it's important never to forget the sacrifices made.
"I would hope that at least in some way, each of us would reflect and remember on 9/11, regardless of how big the ceremony is," he said. "We still need to be remembering."
Events around Utah commemorating 9/11 include:
6 p.m., Sandy City Hall, volunteers are needed to begin setting up the "healing field" of 3,412 flags, one for each person killed in the attacks, plus another display of flags for soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
10 p.m., Utah Capitol, American flag lowered to half-staff by Gov. Mike Leavitt and members of the Utah National Guard.
7:05 a.m., Sandy City Hall, 30-minute memorial service at "healing field" of flags, including a flyover and 21-gun salute.
10 a.m., Tooele, Utah Firefighters Museum and Memorial Building, ceremony in memory of the firefighters who died in the line of duty on 9/11.
10 a.m., West Valley City, procession, flag ceremony, speeches and moment of silence, 21-gun salute and music at the Department of Public Safety Police Academy, 4525 S. 2700 West.
10:45 a.m., University of Utah Hinckley Institute of Politics, Omar Kader speaks on the "Lessons of 9/11 plus Two Years."
5 p.m., Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, People for Peace and Justice and others gather for an hourlong sidewalk vigil followed by readings and songs. At 7 p.m., group will march to City Creek Park and release lighted luminarias into the water.
5 p.m.: Patriot Day events at Gazebo of the Utah State Fair, 1000 W. North Temple. House speaker Marty Stephens, R-Farr West, will offer remarks. Firefighters and fire engines will be on the grounds and there may be a flyover from Hill Air Force Base.
6 p.m., Bountiful, Lakeview Cemetery, dedication of a bronze sculpture entitled "Appeal to Divine Providence" and an F-16 flyover.
6 p.m., Delta Center, second annual "human flag" formed.
6 p.m., West Valley City, Peace Garden, memorial service.
7 p.m., Layton, Northridge High, "From the Ashes," a musical tribute to Utah victims of 9/11 and fallen soldiers.