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Arlington Invites Community to 9-11 Commemorative Ceremony

On Saturday, Sept. 11, Arlington County will pause to remember the lives lost at the Pentagon three years ago on 9-11 and to honor those who responded to the attack. The public is invited to attend the brief observance that will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

Arlington County Board Chairman Barbara Favola will host the event. The program will include a combined honor guard, the singing of the National Anthem, a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m. and the tolling of a bell 184 times, once for each victim.

Also on that day, the community is encouraged to display American flags in remembrance as part of “Flags Across Arlington.” Other Sept. 11th-related events in the County in the coming weeks include:

Sept. 11

* The September Project: As part of the national September Project, Arlington Public Library will host a panel discussion with Arlington’s General Assembly delegation on “Gerrymandering, Negative Campaigning and Threats to Democracy,” addressing why many Americans feel disaffected from the electoral process. Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., 2-4 p.m. No admission charge. For more information, call 703-228-3348 or visit www.arlingtonva.us to access the Department of Libraries web pages.

* “One Day’s Pay” Volunteer Opportunities: The Arlington County Volunteer Office is seeking volunteers who wish to remember 9-11 with a day of service, charity and compassion. Several opportunities are available. Register online at www.volunteersolutions.org/acvo or call 703-228-1760.

Sept. 11-12

* 3rd Annual, First Responders Cup: First responders and the Arlington Girls Softball Association will host a three-day softball tournament, commemorating 9-11, involving more than 200 girls and their families from communities directly affected by the terrorist attacks. The event is a memorial to those who lost their lives and a celebration of those who responded that day. For a full schedule of the weekend activities, contact, George Barusso, program director, at 571-237-0670 or george.barusso@comcast.net.

Oct. 3

* “We Remember Walk:” The walk begins at the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima) in Rosslyn on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Debbie Powers at 703-228-3314.