With the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks just days away, the National Cathedral has announced that they will not hold any special ceremonies this year in honor of those who died in the attacks.
In past year, the cathedral has hosted larger ceremonies that often included speeches by presidents and other leaders.
But this year, cathedral officials say they will be offering prayers during regularly scheduled services. Those will take place at 8:45 a.m., noon and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Rev. Dr. Francis Wade, the interim dean of the cathedral, says part of the church’s ministry is to help the country heal and move past the tragedy of that day 11 years ago. He also says the cathedral will offer specific prayers for victims and military service members.
Meanwhile, events to commemorate the anniversary of the attacks begin this weekend in northern Virginia.
In Arlington, home of the Pentagon, the county's police and fire agencies are sponsoring a 5K run Saturday evening. Proceeds from the race will benefit charities related to Sept. 11 and military families.
Also on Saturday, one of the Washington region's largest mosques, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, will hold its 11th annual Interfaith PEACE Gathering and Law Enforcement Appreciation event in remembrance of all Sept. 11 victims at 6:15 p.m.