Local commemorations of the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks began this morning in Leesburg with a wreath laying ceremony in the town’s Freedom Park.
Mayor Kelly Burk spoke before an audience of police and fire-rescue personnel, Town Council members, town staff and community members.
“September 11th impressed upon us that life is a precious gift—every life has a reason and a purpose. And we all have a duty to devote at least a small portion of our daily lives to ensuing that neither American or the world ever forgets September 11th,” she said. “As time marches on and years pass, we might have a tendency to forget those innocent people going about their daily lives on this day so many years ago. People who would never again see their loved ones. We might be tempted to forget the first responders that, without a thought to their safety, ran into those building buildings to help get other people out. We must never forget their sacrifice or how this one day made America different. We realized we were no longer immune to terror attacks. We must never forget those lives that were lost, yet we live on while they are no longer here. We owe them this day, this time, this place.”
Burk was joined by Police Chief Gregory C. Brown and Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company Chief James Cook in laying a memorial wreath at the Freedom Park memorial.
The Town of Lovettsville also held a morning memorial ceremony in the Town Square to reflect on the Sept. 11 attacks and the lives lost.
Tonight at 6 p.m., the Town of Purcellville will hold a ceremony at the town’s First Responder Memorial at Fireman’s Field. The memorial includes a piece of steel taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York City.