9/11 Memorial Grove Ceremony
Moving words, reflective music and simple symbolism highlighted Fairfax County's fifth annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony held on the grounds of the Government Center on Sept. 11, 2006. Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, Fire Chief Michael Neuhard and Police Chief David Rohrer delivered remarks that reflected on that dark day five years ago.
"On Sept. 11, 2001 our nation learned something about heroes. We learned that heroes do not know one nation or faith. We learned that heroes are those who reach into themselves in the time of great danger," Connolly said. "Today we join hearts and hands across our nation and around the world as we remember the heroes, the sacrifice and the loss of that fateful day." (Read text of remarks)
In his reflections on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Neuhard said, "It is just and right that we stand here today in this beautiful garden, to again focus our undivided attention and thoughts on those who lost their lives." (Read text of remarks)
"It is hard too for us to commemorate Sept. 11 without recalling vividly the haunting images, and exactly where we were or what we were doing that morning," Rohrer said. "We provide strength to each other by remaining committed to values of freedom, service, loyalty and self-sacrifice." (Read text of remarks)
In addition to the words shared, the ceremony included laying of a wreath and tolling of a bell to remember the victims and families of Sept. 11. The Fairfax County Public Safety Honor Guard led a procession to the 9/11 Memorial Grove and The Fairfax Jubil-Aires performed patriotic music.
The 9/11 Memorial Grove was approved by the Board of Supervisors and designed by Michael McMahon, Fairfax County Tree Commission chair and a landscape architect for the National Park Service. The site itself contains symbolism representative of that tragic day in 2001. (Read more about the symbolism)