Arlington Remembers 9/11

Published on September 02, 2016

  • Sept. 11 wreath-laying at Courthouse Plaza

  • Commemorating 15th anniversary

  • Sept. 8 reflections on 9-11 at Kenmore Middle School

  • September is National Preparedness Month

Arlington County will commemorate  the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, with a special event Sept. 8 at Kenmore Middle School, a wreath-laying ceremony on Sept. 11 and preparedness activities throughout the month.

"No Arlingtonian who was here on Sept. 11, 2001 will ever forget the shock and horror of that day," Arlington County Chair Libby Garvey said. "Nor will they forget how all our community came together to support each other and the heroism of our first responders. On this 15th anniversary, we will remember the victims and their families.  We will honor the police officers, firefighters, emergency responders and common Americans who who risked their lives to save others — and in too many instances, lost their lives — on that day here in Arlington, in New York City, and in Shanksville, Pa. I ask that our residents join us in reflecting and remembering.  This is also a good time to look forward and check personal emergency plans and supplies so we can be prepared for whatever natural or man-made emergency might next come our way."

Sept. 8: Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission hosts 9/11 event

[caption id="attachment_9221" align="alignright" width="300"]Night shot of Pentagon draped with American flag The Pentagon[/caption]

The County's Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission (EPAC) will host a special event on Thursday, Sept. 8 at Kenmore Middle School, with Deputy County Manager James Schwartz and Maj. Gen. James Jackson. Schwartz was the Arlington County Fire Chief for Operations on Sept. 11, 2001 and was the incident commander at the Pentagon. Jackson was the commander of the U.S. Military District of Washington, assuming command on behalf of the Pentagon. NBC 4 Chief Meteorologist Doug Kammerer will moderate a discussion and question and answer session with Schwartz and Jackson from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater.

In addition to reflecting on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the panel will discuss the importance of being prepared in all hazard and weather-related emergencies and how our community is stronger since 9/11. The event is free and open to the public. Kenmore Middle School is located at 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd.

Sept. 11: Wreath-laying at Courthouse Plaza

Arlington County police and firefighters were first responders when terrorists slammed a plane into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Join your neighbors, County officials and first responders to remember the lives lost in the attacks that day, and to express your gratitude to those who rushed to the scene to save lives. The public is invited to meet at the Courthouse Plaza flagpoles, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 for a wreath-laying. A moment of silence will be observed at 9:37 a.m., the moment when the plane struck the Pentagon. Public transit: Take the Silver or Orange line to the Court House Plaza Metro station. Parking is available at Courthouse Plaza.

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Arlington County's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is hosting events throughout the month to enhance our community's preparedness. These events are free and all are invited. OEM urges you to stay informed by signing up for Arlington Alert, and to be prepared. Visit the County website for preparedness tips.

About OEM

OEM's mission is to coordinate emergency preparedness and response capabilities, resources and outreach for our community. OEM conducts trainings for Arlington County staff and the public, and operates the County's Emergency communications Center.

About EPAC

Arlington's Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission oversees the County's Local Emergency Planning committee, Emergency Medical Services and the Citizen Corps Council, helping to ensure Arlington is safe, well-prepared and resilient. EPAC advises the County Board on policies related to emergency preparedness and response and coordinates and integrates county, state and federal emergency preparedness organizations with the efforts of the county's schools, civic, commercial and services communities and other government agencies.