Stafford County invites all members of the public to its annual 9/11 ceremony to help remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to help the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack and remember the civilian lives lost. The tragedy touched many of Stafford’s residents, particularly the events at the Pentagon.
In recognition, Stafford County has held an annual bell-ringing ceremony since the year after 9/11. Speakers include Stafford County Board of Supervisors Chairman Dr. Pamela Yeung, Garrisonville District, Stafford County Fire and Rescue Chief Joseph Cardello and Sheriff David Decatur from the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office.
“This ceremony is to memorialize the sacrifice of nearly 3,000 lives and the immeasurable impacts on their friends, co-workers and families,” said Chairman Dr. Pamela Yeung. “We also gather in remembrance of those who ran towards danger in service to others.”
The ceremony takes place near the entrance to the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554, at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2023. A bell-ringing ceremony will be performed that involves five tolls, a signal that traditionally marked the safe return of firefighters to the station. The bell ringing is also used at funerals for fire and rescue personnel.
Chairman Yeung will be the keynote speaker. The order of events is listed below:
- Welcome – Chairman Pamela Yeung
- Introduction of the Chaplain – Chairman Yeung
- Invocation – Pastor Chris Brown
- Presentation of the Colors and Singing of the National Anthem
- Remarks – Chairman Yeung
- Remarks – Sheriff David Decatur
- Remarks – Chief Joseph Cardello
- Bell Ringing Ceremony – Chief Cardello
- Dismissal – Chairman Pamela Yeung