The 2010 Tampa Boat Show is holding a September 11th Remembrance Ceremony with the Tampa Fire Rescue Team and is offering free admission to police, fire fighters and military officials who present a valid active ID on Sept. 11.
A flag that flew over Ground Zero during September 11 recovery efforts and is part of the nationwide “Follow the Flag” program is on loan to the Tampa Firefighters Museum and will be raised this year in conjunction with several other commemorative flags across the country. The ceremony will be led by Tampa Fire Chief Tom Forward and begins at noon on Sept. 11 on Circle Drive outside of the Tampa Convention Center.
Visitors to the show can see and tour The Patriot throughout the three-day event. This 69–foot, 52–ton vessel can shoot water 100 feet in all directions and allows firefighters to work quickly, safely and be responsive to the large number of cargo ships and passenger vessels that travel daily to and from the Port of Tampa. The Patriot will be showcased at the new Discover Boating Dock. Firefighters will conduct twice-daily in-water demonstrations of how the fire boat works.
The 2010 Tampa Boat show runs Friday Sept. 10 through Sunday Sept. 12 at the Tampa Convention Center.