Arlington holds special events to commemorate 9/11

Arlington National Cemetery is hosting two special events to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Both have traveled around the country to honor and remember our fallen heroes. Please join us to witness these one-of-a-kind artifacts.

The first is a quilt exhibit in the cemetery’s Visitor’s Center. The “Lost Heroes Art Quilt” is a tribute to U.S. military personnel who have lost their lives in global conflicts since Sept. 11, 2001. The quilt displays one lost hero from each of the 50 states as a symbol of the many who have died in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other areas of conflict. Additional fallen are commemorated along the borders of the quilt. Each armed force member is represented by a photograph from his or her childhood and with words of remembrance contributed by Gold Star parents and other family members.

The quilt will be on display Sept. 12 through Nov. 2, 2011.

The Patriot Flag, a tribute to the U.S. military, first responders, second responders and the families of the fallen during the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, will fly at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Patriot Flag has flown in 50 states in 50 weeks to honor the fallen on Sept. 11, 2001. The flag is 30 ft. x 56 ft., weighs 75 pounds and will be flown from an Arlington County Fire Department truck. For more information about the Patriot Flag and its journey, please visit: www.thepatriotflag.us.

The ceremony will take place Sept. 13 at 10:00 a.m. on Roosevelt Drive, below the Tomb of the Unknowns. Please come out and be a part of history.