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Area memorial services mark 9/11 attacks 15 years later

Posted at 4:07 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-11 13:32:32-04

Sept. 8

Henrico County 9/11 Memorial Service 

The County of Henrico, in cooperation with the Henrico County Division of Fire and the Henrico County Division of Police, is hosting  a 9/11 Memorial Service on Thursday at The Saint Paul’s Baptist Church at 4247 Creighton Road to remember and honor all first responders, victims, and families from the event that forever changed the face of modern-day America.

The memorial service will feature representatives of state and local government, surrounding cities and counties, as well as speakers from the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and the New York City Police Department (NYPD).  Dr. Lance Watson, Pastor of The St. Paul’s Baptist church, will also provide words of comfort and encouragement.

Equipment from local police and fire departments will be on display, and honor guards from surrounding jurisdictions will come together as well.  A section of steel from the one of the Twin Towers will be on display as a reminder of the toll taken on New York City.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Blue Mass in Church Hill 

Knights of Columbus Virginia State Council, Father Charles G. O'Leary Council 6457, and Holy Rosary Catholic Church, hosts 1st Annual Blue Mass Saturday at 5 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 3300 "R Street, Church Hill.

The Mass will honor and remember members of the military, law enforcement agencies, firefighters and other first responders. All first responders, family and friends of fallen, living and active first responders are invited.

A reception will follow the Blue Mass. Please RSVP to

Sunday, Sept. 11

3rd annual Virginia’s Patriot Day Ceremony at Virginia War Memorial

The Patriot Day Ceremony at 2 p.m. at the Virginia War Memorial's in the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater will feature keynote speaker Richmond resident Mary Ann Wilson, who was an eyewitness to the attacks on the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York City from her office in the Federal Building a few blocks away.

The ceremony, presented in cooperation with the U.S. Navy Recruiting District, Richmond, will remember the victims in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and honor the members of the military, law enforcement agencies, firefighters and other first responders.

The one-hour program will include a solemn flag retirement ceremony conducted by sailors of the Navy’s Recruiting District and patriotic music. The National Anthem will be sung by Lieutenant Faith Flippo of the Richmond Police Department.

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