AUGUSTA — A low-key service is planned today in the capital area to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks 11 years ago.

Veterans and the public are invited to join a service scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the chapel in building 235 on the Togus campus, according to Katey Gagnon-Rood, program support for VA Maine Healthcare System-Togus.

The Togus ceremony is an opportunity to unite and remember the thousands of innocent men, women and children who died in the terrorists attacks, she said. Col. Andrew Gibson, chaplain for the Maine Army National Guard, will give an address; and a cappella chorus Maine-ly Harmony has prepared a few stirring numbers.

Togus police and firefighters are expected to attend the ceremony, which should last about 45 minutes, Gagnon-Rood said.

The VA has a history of honoring heroes, Gagnon-Rood said. The 3,000 people who died on Sept. 11, 2001, fit that description, even though most were not in the military.

“They’re heroes anyway,” she said. “They lost their lives. It’s an important part of what has happened to our nation.”

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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