On September 11, 2011, National Day of Service. The tenth anniversary of the attacks brought out citizens from our local area who wished to show their respect to the victims, the victims’ families, and the responders who made the ultimate sacrifice that horrible day.
Volunteers participated in a Remembrance Ceremony on National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, 2011
Spectators and volunteers participated in a Remembrance Ceremony led by Chief Ranger of Interpretation, Sam Wilson, Jr. He shared some touching remarks with the crowd that summed up the spirit of the event. He reminded those gathered that, although the feelings about the tenth anniversary of September 11th may be those of overwhelming grief, pain and loss, the same emotions can motivate us to better ourselves and better our community. Ranger Wilson pointed out that these emotions can be used to energize selfless service projects that show the strength of our communities and our country. The Remembrance Ceremony was appropriately concluded by asking for a moment of silence and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Volunteers participated in landscaping projects during Remembrance Ceremony at the park
After the Remembrance Ceremony, fifteen volunteers participated in several landscaping projects, at Sailor’s Creek Battlefield, led by park staff members Trey Mottley and Sam Wilson, Jr. The event, though both somber and rewarding, was a success, and those who volunteered were treated to a tour of the new exhibits in the Visitor’s Center and a tour of the Hillsman House.
A big thank you goes out to the volunteers and organizers who made this event possible. Thank you for showing the determination that our country is based upon and thank you for honoring the victims of September 11th. We are grateful for your help and patriotism.
The park is located at 6541 Saylers Creek Road, Rice, Va. From U.S. 460, take Route 617 (Saylers Creek Rd.) toSailor’s Creek Battlefield Historical State Park. From U.S. 360, take State Route 307 (connecting highway between U.S. 360 and U.S. 460) to Route 617 North (Saylers Creek Rd.).
Drive Time : Northern Virginia, three to three and a half hours; Richmond, one to one and a half hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach, two and a half to three hours; Roanoke, two hours
Click here for a Google map. Latitude, 37.305194. Longitude, -78.22764.