September 11 Memorial Events in Washington, D.C.

Remembering the Anniversary of the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

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On the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Washington, D.C., area holds events to honor the victims of that tragic day and bring together people of different ages, backgrounds, and faiths. These events are the perfect opportunity for the community to come together and thank local veterans, first responders, and their families each year at a family-friendly event.

National Events

Some District-area events are part of a national effort to remember the losses of September 11 and the heroism of the first responders.

  • National Day of Service and Remembrance: Annually on September 11, thousands of volunteers serve at nonprofit organizations on this day of national service and remembrance. Participants will clean parks, revitalize playgrounds, sort food for the hungry, and much more. Also on September 11, at designated times, participants are encouraged to observe a moment of silence on social media.
  • 911 Heroes Run - Travis Manion Foundation: The Heroes Run is held on or around September 11 at cities across the United States. The run brings communities together throughout the country to honor the sacrifices of all of the heroes of September 11—veterans, first responders, civilians, and military. The early-morning Alexandria, Virginia event, is the closest to Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., Events

Washington, D.C., was the site of a terrorist attack and holds events to commemorate the lives lost as well as bring the community together in peace.

  • Pentagon Memorial: The memorial commemorates the 184 lives lost in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the terrorist attacks. The Pentagon Memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. Special services are held for the families of the victims of 9/11 at the Memorial on September 11 every year.
  • 9/11 Unity Walk: The Unity Walk is an interfaith, cross-cultural commemoration of the terrorist attacks and is held on a date close to September 11. The Unity Walk offers participants the opportunity to learn about different faiths and cultures at open houses for churches, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras, and mosques. Enjoy diverse cuisines and participate in a service project hosted by Unity Walk's Interfaith Youth Action Group. The event is free and open to all and participants are encouraged to provide a donation.

Arlington, Virginia, Events

Arlington, home of Arlington Cemetery, holds events to commemorate the lives lost in the terrorist attacks as well as honor first responders and military heroes.

  • Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Run: On September 7, 2019, 6 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia, a commemorative run to honor victims of September 11 will be held. Proceeds from the race will be donated to public safety and military support organizations such as the Pentagon Memorial Fund and Heroes, Inc.
  • Moment of Silence and Flags Across Arlington: Annually on September 11, Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, holds a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m. to remember the 184 victims of this tragic event. Arlington County hangs U.S. flags from overpasses and buildings in a display of "Flags Across Arlington." The cemetery is open and the public is welcome to visit.
  • Arlington Remembers 9/11: Annually on September 11 at 9:30 a.m., there is a wreath-laying ceremony at the Courthouse Plaza flagpoles, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard. Arlington County police and firefighters were first responders when terrorists flew a plane into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. Join the community 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.
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