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September 09, 2011

September 11th Passing of the Peace Rose Petal Ceremony Location Change 

Ceremony to Now Take Place at the John A. Wilson Building Due to Weather

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Due to the recent heavy rain, the Passing of the Peace – Rose Petal Ceremony scheduled as part of the District’s weekend of observances commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks will now take place at the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 1st floor Grand Lobby (enter on D Street) NW at 12:00 noon.

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place at Hains Point on DC’s Southwest Waterfront, but the four days of continuous rains have made the grounds soggy and inconvenient for residents.

“Passing of the Peace” Rose Petal Ceremony

Who: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other leaders
When: Saturday, September 10, 12:00 noon
Where: John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
1st Floor Grand Lobby (entrance on D Street)

Description: Children from across the District will assemble at the Wilson Building to participate in a discussion about the values of peace in their communities, the United States and abroad. Following the exercise, the children will participate in a ceremony dropping white rose petals on the attendees as a symbol of peace, to honor the lives lost during the 9-11 attacks.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray encourages District residents to observe the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks this weekend by participating in the events and activities the DC government is sponsoring to mark the occasion.

A full listing of events can be found at www.dc.gov