Bostonians and others around New England were set Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people. 

A series of events were scheduled in Boston to honor the victims and first responders, starting with the annual Day of Remembrance Blood Drive at Fenway Park, which began at 6 a.m. Some 500 donors were expected to participate in the blood drive, including Gov. Charlie Baker and his wife, Lauren. 

Organizers of the blood drive were giving out clam chowder to those who donated, as well as discounted tours of Fenway. More information here

The Massachusetts State House was set to host a ceremony honoring locals impacted by the attack.

Boston Remembering 9/11 With Commemorative Events

[NECN] Boston Remembering 9/11 With Commemorative Events

At 8:15 a.m., flags at the State House will be lowered to half-staff, followed by a moment of silence. Officials will then read the names of the 206 victims of Sept. 11 whose lives were connected to Massachusetts.

At 1 p.m.,  Mayor Marty Walsh will host a wreath laying ceremony at the Boston Public Garden, where some family members of the victims will be in attendance.

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