Today marks the anniversary of a day that none of us will ever forget. Eleven years ago today, our country stood in stunned horror as attacks were carried out on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Today is officially commemorated as Patriot Day in honor of the 2,977 killed on September 11, 2001. American flags are to be flown at half mast, and a moment of silence is to be observed at 8:46 am, the time at which the first plane struck the North Tower. In addition, remembrance and memorial services are held throughout the country. Below are some of the events taking place in DC today:
- National Day of Service and Remembrance – Organized by Greater DC Cares, thousands are volunteering at over fifty different non-profits aimed at revitalizing communities.
- The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial – The Pentagon Memorial is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The memorial held a private visit for attack survivors and family members.
- The Pentagon – An American flag will be draped over the Pentagon from sunrise to sunset. This morning a Wreath laying ceremony was attended by the President and the First Lady.
- Arlington National Cemetery – The cemetery hosted a Naval Intelligence 9-11 Ceremony, and the city of Arlington has hung flags from overpasses and buildings for “Flags Across Arlington.”
- 9/11 Heroes Run – A 5K hosted by The Travis Manion Foundation which is a non-profit organization that directly supports veterans, their families, and families of fallen service members.
- “Still Standing – Still Free” 9/11 Eleven-Year Commemorative Photography Exhibit – Open from August 11 through September 15, it is located at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial.