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ARLINGTON, Va. – Under a partly cloudy sky, Arlington today paused to remember those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001 at the Pentagon in Arlington County, and to honor the casualties and local heroes who served so valiantly that day and in the difficult days that followed.
“We come together to honor the memories of those who were lost and injured on that fateful morning,” said Barbara A. Favola, Chair of the Arlington County Board, “and we also come together to honor those who responded to those tragedies in a brave and heroic manner.”
Added Rep. Jim Moran, (D-8th), we also gather “to reflect, individually and collectively as a community, on how each of us can do our part to make this a safer, a stronger and a more peaceful world. Not so much for ourselves, but for those generations of Americans to come. That is our responsibility and that must be the legacy of 9-11.”
“On the morning of September 11, 2001, Arlington’s police, fire and EMS personnel responded to the Pentagon. Their coordinated response with state, federal and other local agencies has been hailed as “a model for the nation.” Favola also praised the County staff who supported the effort in the days and weeks after 9-11.
The brief ceremony in Courthouse Plaza included performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” by buglers Dep. Karen Sellars and Ofc. Matt Owens, of the sheriff’s and police departments, respectively – and presentation of the colors by a 10-member honor guard of police, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies. A moment of silence was followed by the tolling of a bell 184 times – once for each victim of the attack on the Pentagon. Arlington Virginia Network Channel 71 carried the ceremony live and it repeats at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 8 p.m. and midnight Sunday, September 12.
Other September 11th-related events in the County today and in the coming weeks include:
The September Project: As part of the national September Project, Arlington Public Library will host a panel discussion with Arlington’s General Assembly delegation on “Gerrymandering, Negative Campaigning and Threats to Democracy,” addressing why many Americans feel disaffected from the electoral process. Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., 2-4 p.m. No admission charge. For more information, call (703) 228-3348 or visit www.arlingtonva.us to access the Department of Libraries web pages.
“One Day’s Pay” Volunteer Opportunities: The Arlington County Volunteer Office is seeking volunteers who wish to remember 9-11 with a day of service, charity and compassion.
Day 2 of the 3rd Annual, First Responders Cup: First responders and the Arlington Girls Softball Association will host a three-day softball tournament, commemorating 9-11, involving more than 200 girls and their families from communities directly affected by the terrorist attacks. The event is a memorial to those who lost their lives and a celebration of those who responded that day. For a full schedule of the weekend activities, contact, George Barusso, program director, at (571) 237-0670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We Remember Walk:” The walk begins at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) in Rosslyn Sunday, Oct. 3, 2 p.m. For more information, contact Debbie Powers at (703) 228-3314.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the “10 miles square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency’s highest award for “Smart Growth” in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world – including the Pentagon – Arlington stands out as one of America’s preeminent places to live, visit and do business.