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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Observes Patriot Day and Encourages District Residents to Honor Lives of Those Lost on 9-11

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(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray encourages District residents to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks this weekend by observing Patriot Day on Sunday, September 11, 2011 as well as participating in the events and activities sponsored by the DC government to mark the occasion.

“The United States and the world experienced a great tragedy 10 years ago this weekend,” Mayor Gray said. “The District of Columbia especially felt that tragedy, and we remember the lives and honor the memories of the District residents – including three young sixth-graders – we lost that day.

“We also honor our first responders, who rushed toward the danger at the Pentagon and elsewhere that day, bringing safety and order out of deadly chaos. We thank them for their devotion to their duty to protect and serve the public.

“I encourage all District residents to salute those lost on 9-11, honor the men and women who keep us safe every day and celebrate the American spirit of resilience and freedom by participating in the various 9-11 observances scheduled for this weekend.”

The District has several events remaining for residents to observe the anniversary. They include:

“Passing of the Peace” Rose Petal Ceremony

When: Saturday, September 10, 12:00 noon

Where: John A. Wilson Building, Grand Foyer

1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (enter through D Street entrance)

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 spreading white rose petals as a symbol of peace, to honor the lives lost during the 9-11 attacks.

Patriot Day

When: Sunday, September 11, all day

Description: In the United States, Patriot Day occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,974 casualties in the September 11, 2001, attacks. On Patriot Day, Americans should fly their flags at half-staff and observe a moment of silence to honor those individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks.

“We Remember: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the 9-11 Tragedy” Special Exhibit

When: Sunday, September 11, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Sumner School Museum and Archives

1201 17th Street NW

Description: The special exhibit at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives will pay tribute to the teachers and students from Backus Middle School and Ketcham and Leckie Elementary Schools who were lost on 9-11.

Stop & Remember: 9-11 Moment of Remembrance

When: Sunday, September 11, 1:00 p.m. – 1:01 p.m.

Description: Mayor Gray and the D.C. government are joining cities, states and private organizations and individuals across the country in honoring the anniversary of the September 11th attacks simultaneously at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday. Coordinated by the office of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), the campaign asks Americans to cease all regular activity for one minute and, as bells and sirens ring out, take a moment to honor the victims of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

9-11 Anniversary Tribute and Service Day

When: Sunday, September 11, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets NW)

Sponsored by: Hands on Network and 9-11 Families

Hosted by: Serve DC and Greater DC Cares

Description: This tribute serves as a time for the community to rekindle the spirit of service that emerged following the attacks of 9-11. It will showcase participants engaged in an on-site service project that will directly impact regional non-profits, schools and community-based organizations, including painting a 9-11 Remembrance Mural, assembling educational kits for students and writing honor cards to military families.

Candlelight Service of Remembrance: “Remembering Lives Lost…Honoring First Responders”

When: Sunday, September 11, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Where: The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC

1328 16th Street NW (corner of 16th and “O” Streets NW)

Description: This interfaith candlelight service will commemorate the lives of DC residents, students, teachers and chaperones who lost their lives during the terror attack 10 years ago. It will also highlight the service and commitment of first responders.