September 11 Remembrance Ceremony

9-11 Flag at Pentagon

Six residents of Great Falls perished in the 9/11 attacks. A ceremony will be held to honor them and all who sacrificed on that day and its aftermath at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at 7 o’clock p.m. The ceremony will feature a Boy Scout color guard, taps bugler, patriotic songs, candle-lighting, and keynote speech by Frank Sesno, CNN Washington Bureau Chief on 9/11.

All are invited. The Freedom Memorial is located behind the Great Falls Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike. Ample parking is available in the library parking lot. In case of rain, the ceremony will move indoors to the library meeting room. Limited seating will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring portable chairs. www.gffreedom.org

September 11 Remembrance Ceremony

9/11 candlelight vigil, Great Falls Freedom Memorial, Great Falls, Virginia
9/11 candlelight vigil, Great Falls Freedom Memorial, Great Falls, Virginia

On Monday, September 11, at 7 o’clock pm, the annual September 11 Remembrance Ceremony was held at the Great Falls Freedom Memorial. Great Falls lost six residents to the attacks on September 11, perhaps the highest casualty rate in America. The ceremony honored them and all who sacrificed on that day and in its aftermath.

The event opened with a presentation of the flag by a detachment of the United States Marine Corps.  The audience recited the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Boy Scout Troop 55, and sang the National Anthem, led by Erin Gantt of the Washington Choral Arts Society.  The keynote speaker, Great Falls resident Jim Roberts, President of Radio America and founder of the American Veterans Center, shared vivid audio from his station’s radio broadcast on 9/11, his recollections of the terrorist attacks, and his thoughts on the lessons to be drawn from them.  The audience lit candles in remembrance of each of the September 11 victims from Great Falls, while trumpeter Steven Pastore, also of Great Falls, sounded Taps.

The Great Falls Connection carried a story about the event, which you can read by clicking on the image below.2017 09 13 thru 2017 09 19 Great Falls Connection article re 2017 September 11 Remembrance Ceremony at Great Falls Freedom Memorial--front page

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The Freedom Memorial is located behind the Great Falls Library at 9830 Georgetown Pike and hosts three ceremonies each year, on Memorial Day, September 11, and Veterans Day. The ceremonies are open to all. Ample parking is available in the library parking lot. In case of rain, the ceremony moves to the library meeting room. Limited seating is provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring portable chairs to all Freedom Memorial ceremonies, particularly Memorial Day.

September 11 Remembrance Ceremony, 2016

Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola, Friend of the Freedom Memorial Sara Hilgartner, U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock, and Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Director Chuck Rosenberg observe a moment of silence at the Freedom Memorial in Great Falls, Virginia on September 11, 2016
Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola, Friend of the Freedom Memorial Sara Hilgartner, U.S. Representative Barbara Comstock, and Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Director Chuck Rosenberg observe a moment of silence at the Freedom Memorial in Great Falls, Virginia on September 11, 2016. Photo taken from a story in the Great Falls Connection, to which it links.

On Sunday, September 11, at 7:00 PM, the annual September 11 Remembrance Ceremony was held at the site of the Freedom Memorial. Great Falls lost six residents to the attacks on September 11, thought to be the highest casualty rate in America.  The ceremony honored them, and all who sacrificed on this day and its aftermath.  The event included a Marine Corps color guard, patriotic songs, remarks by Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Charles Rosenberg, and a candle-lighting for each of the September 11 victims from Great Falls.

The Great Falls Connection carried a story about the event.

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