- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The sixth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks will be commemorated today with events across the region.

Families of the 184 persons killed when the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon will participate in a private wreath-laying ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

A public ceremony will begin at 9:15 a.m. in the Arlington County Justice Center Courtyard with an honor guard and the singing of the national anthem.

A moment of silence will be observed at 9:37 a.m., the time of the attack on the Pentagon, and a bell will toll 184 times, once for each victim.

Nearly 3,000 people died that day in the Pentagon crash and the other attacks, when two planes struck the World Trade Center in New York and a fourth hijacked plane was taken down by its crew and passengers just outside Shanksville, Pa.

A Prayer Vigil for Peace will begin at noon today at the Washington National Cathedral. Cathedral parishioners participated Sunday in the Unity Walk with other religious groups opposed to such violence.

Alexandria will commemorate September 11 with its annual Citizenship Day in Market Square, 301 King St., followed by a remembrance ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Mayor William D. Euille will give remarks during the program, which will include a prayer and moment of silence in remembrance of the victims.

At 7 p.m., Montgomery County Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett will host a concert in the amphitheater of Cabin John Regional Park as a tribute to the 11 county residents killed in the attacks. The concert will feature the U.S. Navy’s Commodores Jazz Band.

Throughout the week, the Montgomery County Police Department will demonstrate counterterrorist training with police from the state, Gaithersburg, Rockville and Takoma Park, the sheriff’s office, transit agencies as well as fire and rescue workers.

Officers will patrol Metro and MARC train stations through Thursday.

“I want to assure our community members that in the six years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Montgomery County police have developed many strategies in coordination with federal, state and other local law-enforcement agencies to advance our preparedness in the event of another terrorist attack in our region,” said Chief J. Thomas Manger.

On Sunday, more than 10,000 people participated in a Freedom Walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Pentagon. Wearing white T-shirts with the Freedom Walk logo, they were led by Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon R. England.

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