In the United States, next Monday, the 11th, is known by a variety of names: 9/11 or National Day of Service and Remembrance, when we remember the people that lost their lives that day in 2001.
Here at PCSMoves, we call it by the name on our calendars: Patriot Day.
If you would like to participate in an event, in memory of an individual loved one or all the people that were affected, here is a list of some events taking place:
- Fort Bragg and XVIII Airborne Corps will hold its annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 9 AM on Monday, Sept. 11, at the Main Post Parade Field. The ceremony will be held at Hercules Gym on Pope Army Airfield in the event of inclement weather.The ceremony will include a wreath laying by local firefighters and police officers, a 21-gun salute, Taps, and music from the 82nd Airborne Division Chorus.
- The Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Run will be on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at 6 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, in Crystal City, VA. It's a commemorative run to honor the victims. Proceeds from the race will be donated to public safety and military support organizations, including the Fisher House Foundation, the Wounded Warriors Project, and the Survivors’ Fund. Fee: $25.00.
- The Tower of Voices Soundbreaking will take place at The Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA on Sept. 10, 3:30-4:30 PM. The public is welcome, to initiate the final phase of memorial construction on the Tower of Voices. Once constructed, the Tower will contain 40 uniquely pitched chimes, a symbolic representation of the eternal voices of the passengers and crewmembers of Flight 93. The Soundbreaking ceremony will include brief remarks and conclude with an audio airing of a chimes simulation and a ceremonial ground turning.
- The Luminaria will take place at The Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA on Sept. 10, 7:30-8:45 PM. Forty candle lanterns will be carried to the Wall of Names and placed below the names of each of the passengers and crewmembers. The memorial will have special late hours on this evening only, closing at 9:30 PM. This event is weather dependent.
- The 9/11 Unity Walk will be on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, 12:30-4 PM. The Unity Walk is an interfaith, cross-cultural commemoration of the attacks and will take place on Embassy Row in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to all.
- Norfolk, VA Naval Shipyard will hold the “Remembrance 5K” on Monday, Sept. 11 at 10 AM at the Callaghan Fitness Center.
- Tribute In Light is a commemorative public art installation, from dusk to dawn, starting on Monday night. It’s become an iconic symbol that both honors those killed and celebrates the unbreakable spirit of New York. The Memorial Plaza is open to the public from 3 PM-12 AM for the viewing of Tribute In Light. The installation can also be seen from a 60-mile radius around lower Manhattan. The Memorial Museum will be closed to the public on Monday, Sept. 11.
- The Pentagon Memorial commemorates the 184 lives lost in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77. Special services are held for the families of the victims of 9/11 at the Memorial each year. The Memorial encompasses 1.93 acres on the western side of the Pentagon Building, adjacent to Route 27, including a park and gateway that spans approximately 2 acres, with 184 memorial units, each dedicated to an individual victim. It’s free and open to the public, 24 hours a day.
- Moment of Silence and Flags Across Arlington - Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA will hold a moment of silence at 9:37 AM on Monday, Sept. 11, to remember the 184 victims. Arlington County will hang U.S. flags from overpasses and buildings in a display of "Flags Across Arlington." The public is welcome to visit.
- Arlington Remembers 9/11 on Monday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 AM, will include a wreath laying ceremony at the Courthouse Plaza flagpoles, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., in memory of the Arlington County police and firefighters that were the first responders at the Pentagon.
- The Visitor Center at The Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA will be closed from 9 AM-12 PM for the annual remembrance ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11. The Visitor Center will open at noon until 7 PM. The Sixteenth Anniversary Observance will be held adjacent to the Visitor Center. The open-air service will include brief remarks, special music, reading of the names of the forty passengers and crew members of Flight 93, and ringing of the Bells of Remembrance. At 12:30 PM, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Wall of Names on the memorial plaza with the Families of Flight 93, memorial officials and dignitaries. At the conclusion of the wreath laying, the family members will be able to walk to the crash site.
The most important message we can share about this day was best said by Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot, Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, PA, in 2002: “If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
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