Virginia War Memorial to honor victims of 9/11

It's been 22 years since 3,000 people were killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Published: Sep. 4, 2023 at 2:53 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2023 at 5:54 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia War Memorial will host its annual Patriot Day Ceremony in honor of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The event starts at 11:00 a.m. on Sept. 11 and will feature keynote speaker Karl S. Leonard, Sheriff of Chesterfield County, Va. and U.S. Coast Guard combat veteran.

This year, the ceremony will recognize the 22nd anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the downing of the jet aircraft in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Congress has designated September 11, Patriot Day, a National Day of Mourning.

The Richmond Brass and Percussion Consort will play patriotic music to begin the ceremony. Wreaths will be placed to remember those who lost their lives with the help of the Representatives of the Freedom Flag Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to remembering 9/11.

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking will be available in the Virginia War Memorial surface lot and underground parking deck at 621 South Belvidere Street, Richmond, VA 23220. T

The Virginia War Memorial will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for visitation, and the documentary film, A New Century, A New War, will be shown all day in the Memorial’s Reynolds Theater.

“We must never forget our fellow Americans and fellow Virginians who died on that terrible day two decades ago. And there is no more fitting place in the Commonwealth to honor them than here on the hallowed grounds of the Virginia War Memorial. We invite all Virginians and their families and friends to join us for this solemn event,” added Dr. Mountcastle.

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