NoVa Sept. 11 memorial ceremonies

Rendering of the Pentagon Memorial

Following are the Northern Virginia ceremonies commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon and the Twin Towers in New York City. If you know of any I missed, please leave a comment with any info you might have.

The Pentagon Memorial will be officially dedicated this year, and although the ceremony in the morning will be only for invited guests, it will be open to the public beginning at 7 p.m. To commemorate the public opening, the Navy Band and the Sea Chanters Chorus will perform a musical tribute from 7-9 p.m. on the stage adjacent to the Memorial. For more details, visit this link:

Arlington County this year is forgoing its annual commemoration ceremony and bell-ringing for each of those who lost their lives at the Pentagon that day this year to support the Pentagon dedication ceremony. Instead, Arlington County will offer large-screen viewings at several locations of the Pentagon Memorial dedication ceremony. The County will broadcast live coverage of the dedication at the following locations:

  • 8 a.m. — Lobby, Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.
  • 9 a.m. — Auditorium, Central Library, 1015 North Quincy St.
  • 9 a.m. — Shirlington Library, 2786 S. Arlington Mill Dr.

Arlington County will hang U.S. flags from overpasses and buildings and asks that building managers and residents hang flags in a display of “Flags Across Arlington.” The Arlington County Police Department will close many intersections on Thursday, September 11 for the 9/11 Memorial Dedication held at the Pentagon. For more information, visit this link:

Market Square, 1 p.m.
301 King St.
This year’s ceremony, which begins at 1 p.m. will honor those who bravely responded during the crisis, and celebrate the lives of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Mayor William D. Euille, Fire Chief Adam Thiel, Police Chief David Baker, and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne will make brief remarks. Staff from the Police, Fire, and Sheriff’s departments will participate in a special ceremony, “Return to Quarters,” and will present a wreath in remembrance of those who perished. For more information, please call the City’s Special Events Office at (703)838-4844.

Centreville Fire Station 438, 8 pm
Stone Road & Oday Drive
Meet at the front of the station at 8 p.m. for a brief ceremony. Please bring a flashlight, lanterns or candle, and an American flag.

9/11 Memorial Grove, Noon
Behind Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax County will host its seventh 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony immediately following the morning session of the Board of Supervisors’ meeting. The rain site for the ceremony will be the Forum of the Government Center. Those attending should gather by 11:45 a.m. in the Forum. The Fairfax Jubil-Aires will perform patriotic music before and during the ceremony. Refreshments will be served in the Forum immediately before the ceremony. The Fairfax County Public Safety Honor Guard will lead a procession to the 9/11 Memorial Grove. Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, Fire Chief Ronald L. Mastin and Police Chief Col. David M. Rohrer are scheduled to deliver remarks reflecting upon the events of Sept. 11, 2001. For more information about the ceremony or to request reasonable ADA accommodations, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711

Tavern at Great Falls, 7-9:30 p.m.
9835 Georgetown Pike
Inaugural 9/11 Memorial Benefit being held at the Tavern at Great Falls to support the brave men of the 173rd 2/503 Infantry Airborne Brigade. For more information, call the Tavern at (703) 757-4770.

Leesburg Town Green, 7 p.m.
25 W. Market St.
Leesburg will mark the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with a 7 p.m. memorial ceremony on the The event will include remarks by Mayor Kristen Umstattd and Police Chief Joseph Price. Freedom Park, 101 Granada Circle, will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. that day. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.
130 East Maine St.
The Guest Speaker is The Honorable Robert McDonnell, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information, call Cheryl Herman, Program Specialist at (540) 751-2326.

Freeman House, 10 a.m.
131 Church St., NE
Held on the lawn behind Freeman House, the beginning of the Sept. 11 ceremony is marked with the ringing of bells at Vienna Presbyterian Church at the appropriate time. The Vienna Band, the Vienna Chorale, and a speaker honor the memory of those whose lives were lost in the terrorist attacks of 2001. For more information, call the American Legion Post 180 at (703) 938-9535.


4 responses to “NoVa Sept. 11 memorial ceremonies

  1. Thank you for this post! Since we are new to to the area, we were wondering if there were to be any 9/11 memorials happening. Glad to see there are so many! We may have to check one out!

  2. Wish I could be there. Too disabled for travel now, but on that morning I was working at Patrick Henry Elementary School just up Columbia Pike from the Pentagon.

  3. Very informative. Thank you so much!

  4. I lived in Alexandria for 8 years and when there during 9/11. I recently moved to LA and find not being in DC at this time difficult. My experience isn’t something I talk about much because it had such an impact on me. Thank you for posting the information so I feel somewhat connected today.

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