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Events to Mark September 11 Anniversary

Friday, September 7, 2012

On the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Washington, DC area will hold several events to honor the victims of that tragic day and bring together people of different ages, backgrounds and faiths. Here is a schedule of the events in Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Washington National Cathedral Commemoration
To mark the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Washington National Cathedral will call on Americans to honor the memories of those who were lost, heal the wounds caused by terrorism and war, and gain new strength to move forward as a nation. Details to Be Announced.

National Day of Service
September 11, 2012. Greater DC Cares recruits thousands of volunteers to serve at more than 50 nonprofit organizations as a part of the United We Serve. Participants will clean parks, revitalize playgrounds, sort food for the hungry, and much more!

Pentagon Memorial
The memorial commemorates the 184 lives lost in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the terrorist attacks. The Pentagon Memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. Special services will be held for the families of the victims of 9/11 at the Memorial on September 11, 2012.

9/11 Unity Walk
September 9, 2012. The Unity Walk is an interfaith, cross cultural commemoration of the September 11 attacks. This year's Walk will take place on Embassy Row in Washington DC. The Unity Walk offers participants the opportunity to learn about different faiths and cultures at open houses for churches, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras, and mosques; hear from renowned speakers including Rev. Mpho Tutu and Arun Gandhi; enjoy diverse cuisines; and participate in a service project hosted by Unity Walk's Interfaith Youth Action Group. The event is free and open to all.

5th Annual Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Run
September 8, 2012, 6 pm. DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Crystal City, VA. A commemorative run to honor victims of September 11. 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.

U.S. Navy Memorial
September 11, 2012. The Memorial honors victims of 9/11 and fallen military heroes with a wreath laying ceremony led by the US Naval Academy Class of 2002 on the outdoor plaza. Also, an exhibit of photographs features USS New York (LPD-21), the naval ship forged with steel from the World Trade Center towers. New York-based photographer C.R. Richardson’s work includes dramatic images of the innovative ship, as well as candid shots of the crew and first responders who sailed aboard New York when making its triumphant entry into its namesake city on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Freedom Walk - Operation Homefront
September 9, 2012, 7:50 am. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. The walk will honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and pay tribute to our military service members and their families who have sacrificed so much in the war on terrorism. The walk through the cemetery will include a moment of silence followed by TAPS at 9:37 am and a brief ceremony to pay our respects.

Moment of Silence and Flags Across Arlington
September 11, 2012. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. A moment of silence will be held at 9:37 am to remember the 184 victims of this tragic event. Arlington County will hang US flags from overpasses and buildings in a display of "Flags Across Arlington." The cemetery is open and the public is welcome to visit.

Women In Military Service For America Memorial
August 11-September 15, 2012. "Still Standing—Still Free" 9/11 Eleven-Year Commemorative Photography Exhibit. See a display of 40 select images taken at the Pentagon on 9/11, some of which have never been presented to the public, including the work of Washington DC area professional photographers Sean Kelley, Joe Pisciotta, Stephen Jaffe and Bob Pugh.

911 Heroes Run - Travis Manion Foundation
Various dates. The run brings communities together throughout the country to honor the sacrifices of all of the heroes of September 11th - veteran, first responder, civilian, and military. Local events are held in Annapolis, Shirlington and Ashburn.