9/11 Remembered in Virginia

by Casey Higgins | Posted on September 8th, 2011

Where were you on September 11, 2001? I was on my way out the door, headed to class, during my final semester of college when the news came across the TV. I stopped in my tracks, sat on the futon, and didn’t move for hours.

We all have a story and none of us could have been left unaffected by the events of that day. In remembrance, here are events

First Annual Virginia Freedom Festival

First Annual Virginia Freedom Festival

you’ll find in Virginia this weekend.

  • September 8, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Walk Through History Series: Inside the White House Bunker on 9/11 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle – Come for drinks, dinner, and to listen to Lt. Col. Robert Darling, USMC (Retired), speak about his book “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker: 9-11-01 The White House.”
  • September 9-11 – First Annual Virginia Freedom Festival at Chesapeake City Park in Chesapeake – Come in remembrance of the lives lost 9/11/01, and in honor of our military and public servants. A Ground Zero artifact will be dedicated and permanently displayed. Additionally, the weekend holds performances by Phil Vassar, Blackberry Smoke, Ray & Kasey Meks and River City Gang. Don’t miss the fireworks!
  • September 11, 6-7:30 p.m. – 9/11 remembrance Ceremony and First Responder’s Monument Dedication in Purcellville - Attend the dedication of the First Responder’s Monument. It’s made from the stone of a barn near the Shanksville, Pennsylvania site, a piece of steel from 2 World Trade Center, and a flag that flew over the Pentagon that fateful day.
  • See the 9/11 Angel on display at Miracle Valley Vineyard year ’round, Thursday through Monday, noon to 5 p.m. The sculpture was created by Lei Hennessey-Owen, and this is just one of many that she has placed across America. Henessey-Owen chooses sites where traumatic events have occurred or sites that are used for quiet healing of the spirit and body.

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