Alexandria city employees paused at noon last Friday to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Last year we did not hold a service,” said city manager Philip Sunderland. “I hope that each year, from now on, we take the time, as we do each year for victims of the Holocaust, to remember those who died in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.”
Mayor William D. Euille echoed Sunderland’s sentiments. “Today we pause to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001,” Euille said. “While we, America, were devastated by these acts of destruction, we were not alone. The entire world felt the impact as well. Not only was our country attacked, but so was our Constitution, our principles, values and morals as well. Yes, Americans are resilient, as we have shown throughout our history. However, we must not forget that painful day in 2001 and always remember that America stands for pride, heritage, liberty, inclusiveness, bravery and unity…” he said.
The city employees’ choir performed, the colors were presented, there was a minute of silence and the service was over. There will be another remembrance next year.