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Published September 10, 2013 - Associated Press
Events scheduled around Washington D.C. to remember 9/11
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WASHINGTON, September 9, 2013 — September 11, 2013 will mark 12 years since the worst terrorist attack ever carried out on American soil. Despite the years that have passed it is an event as clear in our minds as if it were yesterday. Everyone remembers where they were when it happened, and will for the rest of their lives. It is certainly not a day of celebration but it is a day to remember.
Since 9/11 falls on a Wednesday this year, many of the events marking the anniversary took place last weekend. However, there are also several events scheduled for September 11 or for the upcoming weekend to help mark the day and to remember.
National Day of Service
The September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was started in 2002 by family members of 9/11 victims as a way to honor victims and survivors and others who stepped up and did remarkable things on that day. In 2009, Congress made it an official national day.
The Pentagon Memorial was designed for all to remember and reflect on the events of September 11, 2001. The memorial is free and open to the public seven days a week. Every year a private ceremony is held at the Pentagon memorial for family members of those who were lost on the Pentagon grounds and survivors of the attack. This ceremony is by invitation only. The private commemoration will take place between 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Wednesday. The public is welcome to come after the ceremony to pay their respects.
Alexandria Remembering 9/11The City of Alexandria invites the public to a 10 a.m. Wednesday remembrance ceremony for the 12th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The event will take place in Market Square at 301 King St. The purpose of the commemoration is “to give thanks and to pay tribute to those who responded on 9/11 without fear, acted without hesitation, and gave their lives to save others.” The ceremony will feature remarks from Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille, Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne, Police Chief Earl Cook and Fire Chief Adam Thiel.
9/11 Heroes Run Arlington
The 9/11 Heroes run take place all around the world on dates close to 9/11 to remember the heroes of 9/11 and in the wars since. Proceeds will go to Travis Manion Foundation. http://www.travismanion.org/ To register: http://www.travismanion.org/tmf_911run_race/shirlington-911-heroes-run/
Moment of Silence and Flags Across Arlington
On September 11, 2013 a moment of silence will be held at 9:37 a.m. to remember the victims of the tragedy. Arlington County will hang United States flags from overpasses and buildings. The cemetery is open to the public who are welcome to attend the ceremony.
Two Million Bikers Ride
In a response to the Million Muslim March taking place on September 11, thousands of motorcyclists are converging on Washington D.C. to pay their respects to the victims, heroes, survivors and the dead. They did not receive a permit to have traffic blocked off so they will be riding through the streets in what could turn out to be an all day event.
Their exact route is being kept secret over security concerns according to the events Facebook page but by following the event on twitter @2millbikers2DC the route may be release so spectators can cheer the riders on and show their support.
Arlington County Commemoration Ceremony
Arlington County will hold a ceremony to commemorate the 184 victims who lost their lives at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The event is open to the public.
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:30 a.m. with a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m. at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia. The moment of silence will be followed by the playing of “Taps,” and the lowering of the flag to half-staff. Arlington County’s Combined Color Guard, which is comprised of members from the Police Department, Fire Department, and Sheriff’s Office, will present the colors.
The President is informed about the attack while in Florida.
Message from President George W. BushTHE PRESIDENT
From the Oval Office 8:30 P.M. EDT 9/11/01
Good evening. Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts. The victims were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers; moms and dads, friends and neighbors. Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.
The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we're the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.
Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature. And we responded with the best of America -- with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could. Immediately following the first attack,
I implemented our government's emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it's prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington, D.C. to help with local rescue efforts. Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured, and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.
The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington, which had to be evacuated today, are reopening for essential personnel tonight, and will be open for business tomorrow. Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business, as well.
The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I've directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance. America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world, and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.
Tonight, I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us, spoken through the ages in Psalm 23: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me." This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time. None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.
Thank you. Good night, and God bless America.
President George W. Bush
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