This year marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic terror attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, and we are coming together as a community to honor this day in a special way that hasn’t been done before. The City of Newport News is joining with United States Navy ships currently in Newport News Shipyard and Joint Base Langley-Eustis to hold a memorial ceremony and parade. The event takes place on Friday, September 9th at 10 AM at the Victory Arch, 25th Street and West Avenue in downtown Newport News.
The ceremony will consist of a variety of tributes including a Bell Toll by the Newport News Fire Department; a Laying of Wreaths by a combination Honor Guard representing the U.S. Navy, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, and Newport News Fire, Police, and Sheriff's Departments; a 21 gun salute; a Flag Folding ceremony by the U.S. Navy; and more. Attendees will also hear special remarks from select dignitaries along with patriotic music by the Newport News Police Pipes & Drums and the U.S. Army TRADOC Band. The ceremony will conclude with a parade of a variety of service vehicles down West Avenue led by the combination Honor Guard and including Chief Selects from the US Navy. Parking is available nearby and limited seating will be on site.