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Posted on: September 9, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Public invited to attend 20th anniversary Day of Remembrance and Hope Saturday

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Sept. 9, 2021 - The public is invited to attend the 20th anniversary Day of Remembrance and Hope this coming Saturday morning at Gosnold's Hope Park, 109 E. Little Back River Road. Hampton held the first 9/11 commemoration in 2001, just three months after terrorists flew hijacked passenger jets into New York City's World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and an empty field in rural Pennsylvania.
Hampton's ties to the military – the city is home to both Langley Air Force Base and Fort Monroe, a former military base that served as headquarters for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command  - prompted city officials and private citizens to begin a tradition commemorating the lives lost in the attacks. The result is a quiet area at Gosnold’s Hope Park with trees that allows for reflection on lives lost and hope for the future. Five new evergreens were planted this year, and the city plans a walkover bridge and a granite bench.
This year’s commemoration begins with a musical prelude at 8:30 a.m., following by the tolling of a bell at 8:46 a.m., the exact minute the first plane hit the first World Trade Center tower 20 years ago. Formal remarks will begin at 9 a.m. The event will conclude with volunteers reading aloud the name of the more than 11,000 people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attack or died in the subsequent fight against terrorism. You can go online to learn more about the Day of Remembrance and Hope.


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