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Arlington Plans 9/11 Commemorations

by ARLnow.com August 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm 2,600 5 Comments

We’re one month away from the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and Arlington is planning several events to commemorate the solemn occasion.

On Saturday, Sept. 10 Arlington County will host a special 9/11 tribute event to honor the 184 people who perished during the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

“The event will be held at the Air Force Memorial and will be emceed by ACFD Lieutenant Dave Santini, with an invocation by ACFD Chaplin Reverend Leonard L. Hamlin, live instrumental music and a vocalist to lead attendees in singing ‘America the Beautiful,'” according to the county web site. “This event is free and open to the public.”

Also on Sept. 10, Arlington’s public safety personnel are hosting a 9/11 memorial 5K race in Pentagon City. Registration for the race, which benefits several 9/11-related charities, is still open.

Another annual public safety-sponsored commemorative event, the First Responders Cup softball tournament, will take place Sept. 9 to 11 at three separate South Arlington fields.

For anyone interested in giving back to the community to honor the memory of 9/11 victims, Arlington County is compiling volunteer opportunities for the 9/11 Day of Service. Among the options is a Sept. 10 and 11 grocery store food drive to benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

More information on 9/11 events in Arlington can be found on the county’s “Arlington Remembers September 11, 2001” web page.

  • Thes

    There were many local heroes and victims of the 9/11 attacks in Arlington. In particular, Arlington’s Fire Department came to the defense of our Nation on that day.

    I hope there are also commemorations for the civilian heroes on Flight 93.

    • Thes

      From page 14 the 9/11 Commission Report:

      “Jarrah’s [the lead terrorist of flight 93] objective was to crash his airliner into symbols of the American Republic, the Capitol or the White House. He was defeated by the alerted, unarmed passengers of United 93.”

      We don’t talk about this part of the 9/11 story nearly enough. It has never been incorporated into our national strategy against terrorism.

  • Bluemontsince1961

    Thes, I completely agree!

  • TGEoA

    Will Zimmerman demand a seat on stage?

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