FORT LEE, Va. – All community members are invited to the 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony here at the First Logistical Command Memorial on the corner of Lee and A avenues. The Sept. 11 event begins at 8:45 a.m.
The program will open with a short welcome by Chaplain (Col.) Terry Romine, garrison chaplain, followed by remarks from Col. Hollie Martin, garrison commander. Maj. Jodie Warren will play “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes. The Fort Lee Fire Department will toll the bells and a bugler will play “Taps” to commemorate fallen first responders.
On Sept. 11, 2001, four commercial aircraft were hijacked and used as weapons of mass destruction on high-visibility targets. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north New York City World Trade Tower at 8:46 a.m. Seventeen minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175, plows into the South Tower, killing the 51 passengers and nine crew members onboard. The latter tower would be the first to collapse at 9:59 a.m. and the north tower at 10:28 a.m.
Meanwhile, in that short span of time, a third plane – American Airlines Flight 77 – flies into the side of the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., and AA Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pa., at 10:03 a.m. while passengers were attempting to subdue their captors. In total, the attacks kill 2,996 people, excluding the 19 hijackers.
“We will not forget,” pledged Chaplain (Maj.) Michael Keifman, head of the event’s organizing committee. “It’s important to gather as a community and to remember our first responders and how that tragic moment in history 18 years ago changed so many American lives forever. We must continue to heal as a nation from that terrible day and uplift our collective voices with words of prayer, unity, compassion and understanding.”
The service will conclude with a benediction provided by Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jonathan Fowler. Guests are invited to stay and mingle after the ceremony when light refreshments will be available.
In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be relocated to Memorial Chapel. For further details, call 804-734-7290.