Leesburg’s leaders remembered the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, during a brief remembrance ceremony Monday morning.
Held at Freedom Park, where the town’s Freedom Memorial is located, Mayor Kelly Burk laid a wreath at the memorial with Leesburg Police Chief Gregory Brown and Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company Chief James Cook. Burk noted that some of those present during the morning’s ceremony, including a class of students escorted by their teacher, were not alive 16 years ago or too young to remember the significance of the day.
“Today is a significant day in American history,” she said. “On that day, the loss of life was a horrible realization that America could be a target. On that day, we were all brothers and sisters united in love of our country.”
The ceremony concluded with the ringing of the bells by the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company, and taps played by Eric Bowers and George Taliaferro of Loudoun County High School. Those in attendance included Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox, Councilmen Hugh Forsythe and Ron Campbell of the Leesburg Town Council; Chair Phyllis Randall (D-At Large) of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors; and Del. Randy Minchew (R-10).