Hampton Roads marks 9/11 tragedy

Hampton Roads marks 9/11 tragedy

Credit: Stephen Salpukas/College of William & Mary

Members of The Queen's Guard at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. lay a memorial wreath at the head of the college's Sunken Garden in honor of the victims of the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11, 2013. Credit line: Stephen Salpukas/College of William & Mary

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 11 at 4:57 PM

NORFOLK-Hampton Roads joins the rest of the nation to honor the memory of those killed in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads held a remembrance ceremony executed by the 2012 Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Selectees at 8:46 a.m. at POW/MIA Park in Norfolk.  The Chiefs, CPO Selects, service members, and base personnel marched around the base taking 2,977 steps, with each step signifying a life that was lost on that tragic day.  The ceremony included a flag passing ceremony and wreath laying.

NSA HR, Portsmouth held a Remembrance Run at 7:00 a.m. and NSA HR, Northwest Annex's ceremony heard from guest speaker James E. Baker, the Chief Judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

In Hampton at 8:00 a.m., officials, community leaders and others came together for a special day of Remembrance and Hope at Gosnolds Hope Park at 901 East Little Back River Road.

“We feel an overwhelming obligation to recognize … the significance of our military’s sacrifice,” said John Gately, chairman of Hampton’s Military Affairs Committee, which is organizing the ceremony. “No one has paid a greater price than those who have given their lives in our nation's wars and the families who mourn their passing.”

The ceremony included several speakers, a presentation of colors, special music, and the playing of taps. In addition, the names of all those lost on Sept. 11, 2001 and those who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan were read aloud.

At Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Va. Beach, Chief Petty Officer Selectees will host a 9/11 remembrance ceremony. It begins at 10:00 a.m. at the base chapel. Retired New York City Police Department Detective Paul Frommer will be the guest speaker. The ceremony will include a solemn moment of silence.

In Norfolk, city officals will re-dedicate the Liberty Garden in honor of those who lost their lives 12 years ago. The ceremony is at 10am at the Ernie Morgan Center at 3500 Granby Street.

At The College of William and Mary, which lost seven alumni in the World Trade center attacks, the Queen’s Guard placed a wreath at the head of the Sunken Garden. The wreath will remain in place with Guard members present until 3:00 p.m.

In Hampton Wednesday night, Operation Homefront's "Freedom Walk" will remember the events of the day 12 years ago. It starts at 6:00 p.m. at the Peninsula Town Center at the Town Square area main stage behind Barnes and Noble. Among those participating 6 sharp at the Peninsula Town Center in Hampton at the Town Square area main stage directly behind Barnes and Noble. Among the participants will be the Coast Guard and Hampton Fire and Rescue. See 

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