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'A Horrific Day:' DC Area Commemorates 9/11 Attacks

184 people were killed when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon in Arlington

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    'It Was Overwhelming': Virginia Officers Recall 9/11

    Arlington County police and firefighters lowered flags and presented a wreath to honor 18 years since the deadliest attack on U.S. soil. Northern Virginia reporter Drew Wilder spoke two police officers who helped at the Pentagon on the day of the attack. (Published Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019)

    Officials in Northern Virginia held a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

    Sen Tim Kaine, Rep. Don Beyer, military commanders, local Arlington County officials and members of the Virginia House attended the rememberance ceremony on Arlington County government plaza.

    At 9:37 a.m., a moment of silence marked the moment that American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon and killed 184 people.

    A ceremonial wreath was then placed under the flag pole to honor those killed.

    'My Heart Sank': Police Sgt. Recalls Heartbreaking Moment Near Pentagon

    [DC] 'My Heart Sank': Police Sgt. Recalls Heartbreaking Moment Near Pentagon

    Eighteen years after 9/11, First Sergeant Rick Rodriguez of Arlington County Police says one heartbreaking story from the day still stands out: when he and a clergyman tried to comfort a pregnant woman whose husband was inside the Pentagon.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019)

    The Arlington County Fire Department was the first to arrive at the scene 18 years ago. The memories are still fresh in the memories of the firefighters at Station 5.

    Former Assistant Fire Chief Jim Schwartz told News4 he remembers arriving and seeing thousands of people streaming away from the Pentagon.

    "It was obviously a horrific day," Schwartz said. He says he remembers the heroic actions of people inside the Pentagon helping each other escape.

    In Alexandria, a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

    The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial just outside the Pentagon grounds will be closed to the public from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday for a private ceremony. 

    It will also be closed for several months beginning Sept. 16 for lighting repairs and construction.

    Local Women Remember Husbands Who Died Years After 9/11

    [DC] Local Women Remember Husbands Who Died Years After 9/11

    Hundreds of first responders who went to ground zero after the September 11 terrorist attacks have died due to 9/11-related illnesses. New4's Mark Segraves spoke with two local women who lost their husbands, who were FBI agents, to those illnesses. They have a message for other families who may be struggling.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019)

    D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will visit a fire station in Northwest to commemorate the day and thank first responders.

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