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September 11, 2021
8:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Gosnold's Hope Park
901 E. Little Back River Road
Hampton, VA 23669
Free and open to public
9/11 Commemoration
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9/11 20th Commemoration Ceremony

Saturday, September 11, 2021

The public is invited to attend the 20th anniversary Day of Remembrance and Hope in Hampton on 9/11/2021.

The public is invited to attend the 20th anniversary Day of Remembrance and Hope in Hampton on 9/11/2021. This is the longest-running commemoration of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks in the Hampton Roads region.

Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, 8:46 a.m.
Gosnold’s Hope Park, 109 E. Little Back River Road

This year’s commemoration begins with a musical prelude at 8:30 a.m., followed by the ceremony which begins with 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.  

Hampton held the first event in honor of those lost 3 months after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the passengers of flight 93, who crashed in Somerset County, Pa. Since then, it has been held annually on Sept. 11.

Hampton has strong connections to the military, as home of the first U.S. Air Force base. In addition, the city contains one of — if not the — largest concentrations of military veterans in the nation.

Those ties moved Angela Leary, along with other concerned citizens and the city’s Parks Department, to begin a tradition that grew to include the gathering of soil from the site of each attack (the Soils of Justice) and using those in combination with tree plantings (the Trees of Hope). The result is a quiet area of reflection at Gosnold’s Hope Park with trees that allows for reflection on lives lost and hope for the future at any time of the year. A new reflections area has been added to the park with the recent planting of five new evergreen trees. The city plans to install a new walkover bridge and carved granite bench, in memory of those lost.

This year’s event will begin with the tolling of a bell to mark the time the first plane hit 20 years ago. Formal remarks will begin at 9 a.m. As in years past, the event will conclude with volunteers reading aloud the names of more than 11,000 people who lost their lives in those attacks and those who died in events after.

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