Monday, April 8, 2013
Ship lauded for its design, ability.
NORFOLK — The USS Arlington was commissioned this weekend before an estimated 5,000 people and formally joined the Navy's fleet of warships. The ship is 684 feet long and weighs about 24,900 tons. It's designed to carry ground and some air vehicles close to shore in hostile situations. "We are not a memorial. We are a warship," Cmdr. Darren Nelson told reporters on Friday. "But we carry the spirit of those 184 people who died that day." The ship is laden with reminders of the men and women who died at the Pentagon on 9/11 and the first responders who assisted that day. The commissioning ceremony Saturday was emotional at times. Military leaders took care to highlight the ship's connection to its namesake county. "You don't get to do this …
Crew shares stories of what the name Arlington means to them.
NORFOLK — Every crew member who reports to the USS Arlington "learns and understands that 184 people gave their lives for us," according to Cmdr. Darren Nelson, the ship's commanding officer. The number is represented several ways in the ship's design, reminding its crew of the men and women who died in Arlington on 9/11. Some sailors were only 10 years old when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Others were adults and felt the call to join the military. Officers shared the experience with others who were already serving. About 50 people who lost a loved one at the Pentagon on 9/11 were at Naval Station Norfolk on Saturday for the commissioning of the USS Arlington. Some 5,000 people attended. More:
One leg of every Pentagon symbol aboard the USS Arlington is darkened to highlight the southwest wall that a plane crashed into on 9/11.
NORFOLK — One leg of every Pentagon symbol aboard the USS Arlington is darkened to remind its crew of the southwest wall of the structure that a plane crashed into on 9/11. Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz, who served as incident commander at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, said he was glad to see all the "touches from home" aboard the USS Arlington. The U.S. Navy commissioned the ship this weekend at Naval Station Norfolk. The Arlington County Fire Department had about 30 firefighters and their families at the commissioning ceremony, which saw some 5,000 people attend. Fire Capt. Bo Bennett, who responded to the Pentagon on 9/11, told Patch that the chief planned to present a special plaque to the Arlington's commanding officer…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Today is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
Visiting the Pentagon Memorial, volunteering for a National Day of Service project or flying an American flag are just some of the things you can do to commemorate 9/11. For the 11th anniversary of the attacks that shook both the world and the rooftops in Arlington County, Patch is again presenting the "Deafening Quietness" video above that features interviews with Arlington County firefighters who responded to the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. Below, you'll find links to extended 2011 interviews by Patch Editor Lauren Sausser with each firefighter. Click the following links to watch extended videos from each of the interviews. And thank you to our emergency responders.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Remembering 9/11 at the Pentagon and in greater Arlington County.
Pentagon Memorial The Pentagon Memorial is free and open 24 hours a day. It is located at 1 Rotary Road on the Pentagon reservation in Arlington. No formal services are planned, but the community is welcome to visit the memorial. Volunteer Arlington President Barack Obama designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service in 2009. On Tuesday, Volunteer Arlington is hosting a 9/11 Day of Service Preparedness Project. Volunteers will visit canvass four senior independent living locations and equip residents with a starter "go kit" and provide emergency preparedness information that they can use during an incident. The Arlington Food Assistance Center also needs volunteers to help at food drives at Safeway Stores in the county. Flags Across …
Friday, September 7, 2012
The events take place Saturday.
First Responders Cup The First Responders Cup will bring up to 38 teams to compete in the girls fast pitch tournament. The tournament benefits the Pentagon Disaster Relief Charities. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, with opening ceremonies at the Barcroft Sports Complex on 4200 South Four Mile Run Drive. Read more about the event on their website. Arlington Police/Fire/Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K The Police, Fire, and Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K takes place at 6 p.m. on Saturday, beginning at the DoubleTree Hotel in Crystal City at 300 Army Navy Drive. The run benefits several charities related to 9/11. The event is scheduled to continue rain or shine, however, if conditions are dangerous, they will communicate any postponements on …
Monday, September 12, 2011
New community choir holds premiere performance on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 as a plea for peace.
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Monday, September 12, 2011
Four handbells tolled at the beginning of the performance, one for each plane that crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. The bells were followed by traditional songs in Latin, Civil War songs, African-American spirituals, and an Iraqi lullaby. The premiere performance by NOVA Lights Chorale at Arlington Presbyterian Church was, said Artistic and Musical Director Barbara Stefan, "a concert that remembers the fallen and is also a plea for peace in the world." The choir is composed of people from across Northern Virginia, many of whom have worked with Stefan before. Stefan began the non-audition, community-based group in February, and set her sights on Sept. 11 for the inaugural performance. "I've always dreamed of doing a Sept. 11 concert," Stefan said…
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Commemoration held at the U.S. Air Force Memorial overlooking the Pentagon.
Saturday night, Arlington remembered those lost on 9/11 and reflected on the building of the memorial to the 184 who died at the Pentagon 10 years ago. A candle was lit for each of the 184. Several hundred people attended the ceremony, which was at the U.S. Air Force Memorial overlooking the Pentagon.
Arlington County Firefighters Remember 9/11
Patch recently sat down with five Arlington County firefighters - four of them responded to the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. They spent several hours sharing their personal memories of that devastating day. Click the following links to watch extended videos from each of these interviews.
Arlington commemorates the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Dominique Lopez-Piper was in second grade at Oakridge Elementary School when the plane crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. "I remember they turned the TVs on so we could see what was going on," Lopez-Piper said of that day. "Then they announced that our parents were coming to pick us up. My mom was the first parent to get there." The school is less than three miles from the Pentagon, and Lopez-Piper said they saw the windows shake and felt the floor vibrate with the impact. Saturday evening, now 16 and a junior in high school, Lopez-Piper sang the national anthem solo at Arlington's commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of the terror attacks. "I feel really honored to be here and to get to sing," Lopez-Piper said. "It's a once…