Wednesday marks 18 years since nearly 3,000 lives were taken in the most devastating terrorist attack on American soil that forever changed the U.S. To commemorate the tragedy, a series of events held in Boston will honor the victims and first responders.

The commemoration kicks off at 6 a.m. with the annual Day of Remembrance Blood Drive at Fenway Park. About 500 donors are expected to participate in the blood drive and among those will be Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and his wife, Lauren.

Donors interested in participating in the blood drive can head to Fenway until 1 p.m. Those who give blood can enjoy a free cup of clam chowder, a discounted tour of “America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” and a photo opportunity with the World Series trophies.

A pre-register is available online, but walk-ins will also be accepted.

Later in the morning, the State House will host a ceremony honoring locals who were impacted by the attack.

Flags at the Mass. State House will be lowered at half-staff and a moment of silence will then follow. A reading will then be given and will include the 206 9/11 victims who had ties to the Bay State.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will host a wreath laying ceremony from the Boston Public Garden, where some family members of the victims will be attending.

This post was originally posted at http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Boston-Honors-911-Victims-First-Responders-on-Attacks-18th-Anniversary-560018981.html.

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