The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. ET Friday evening.
The Virginia War Memorial will be holding a special ceremony this Friday, September 11, at 7 p.m. to honor and remember those who died in the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon in Virginia, the World Trade Center in New York, and the downed aircraft in Pennsylvania.
But this year, the Annual Patriot Day Ceremony will be held via Facebook. (The event will also be broadcast live at vawarmemorial.org/events/patriotday2020/.) According to the Virginia War Memorial Foundation website, the ceremony will include remarks by Dr. Clay Mountcastle, War Memorial Director and military historian, followed by a moment of silence to remember and honor those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the plane crash in Pennsylvania.
The program will also include a short, 30-minute documentary titled, A New Century, A New War. The film was produced as a part of the foundation's "Virginians at War" film series and chonicles the events, memories, and emotions surrounding the 9/11 attacks through the eyes of Virginia veterans and family members.
“We must never forget our fellow Americans and fellow Virginians who died during the terrorist attacks nineteen years ago on 9/11/01,” said Mountcastle said in a statement. “These were the first large scale direct attacks on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. We sincerely hope that the public will join us for our livestream ceremony this year to remember these heroes and their sacrifice and reaffirm our resolve to stand up to all who would attack our great Nation.”