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.
National Day of Service
September 10-11, 2013. 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!
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, 2013.
9/11 Unity Walk
September 8, 2013. 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 7, 2013, 6 p.m. 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.
Moment of Silence and Flags Across Arlington
September 11, 2013. Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. A moment of silence will be held at 9:37 a.m. to remember the 184 victims of this tragic event. Arlington County will hang U.S. flags from overpasses and buildings in a display of "Flags Across Arlington." The cemetery is open and the public is welcome to visit.
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.
Arlington County Sept. 11 Commemorative Event
September 11, 2013, 9:30 a.m. Courthouse Plaza 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, Arlington, VA. The 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. A moment of silence at 9:37 a.m. 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.