Never Forget — Today is the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Be sure to take a moment to reflect on those lost that day in Arlington, New York and western Pennsylvania.
Virginia Task Force Goes to Virgin Islands — After staging in Puerto Rico, responders from Fairfax County are in the Caribbean conducting search and rescue activities on the island of St. Thomas following Hurricanes Irma and Jose. [Fairfax Fire and Rescue]
Community Center Board Preference Poll Voting Open — Voting in the poll for three seats on the Reston Community Center Board of Governors is open through Sept. 29. All residents of Tax District 5 can vote. Three incumbents are all seeking re-appointment. Board seats are filled by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, with guidance from the results of the poll. Voting can be done by mail, in person or online. [Reston Community Center]
Political Protester Gets Married in Reston — In 2013, Mohammed Soltan was jailed in Cairo for political dissidence and went on a 16-month hunger strike while he was psychologically tortured. On Aug. 19, he and his bride were married at the Hyatt Regency in Reston. It wasn’t all happiness, though: Soltan’s still-jailed father could not attend, nor could a longtime friend who was recently released after two years in prison. [New York Times]
Dogs Splash at Water Mine — Check out photos and videos from the “Dog Daze” event Sunday at The Water Mine at Lake Fairfax Park. [Aimee Cho/Facebook]
Herndon Woman’s Photo Hangs in JFK Library — Yvonne Kauffman, 84, met soon-to-be President John F. Kennedy in 1960 while he was on the campaign trail in her hometown of York, Pennsylvania. She recently learned a picture of that encounter, taken by a Life magazine photographer, is on display at the Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. [Fairfax Times]
It has been 13 years since the terrorist attacks that killed more than 3,000 people in New York City, at the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania, where an passengers brought down a hijacked airliner headed back to Washington.
Area commemorations began early this morning, with the unfurling of an American flag down the side of the Pentagon. The tradition began when firefighters did the same from the building’s roof on Sept. 12, 2001. The draped flag on the damaged building became a sign of America’s resolve.
There is not a formal remembrance here in Reston, but the Freedom Grove at Brown’s Chapel Park is always open for reflection.
Two Reston residents, Leonard Taylor and Norma Cruz Kahn, were passengers on American Airlines Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11.
The Reston community felt there was great need for a public space to remember, respect, and memorialize Taylor, Kahn, and the thousands of other victims of the 9/11 attacks. The Reston Association commissioned the project, and chose artist Kathy Walden Kaplan’s bronze sculptural relief as a marker for the spot.
Kaplan’s 8 x 11 inch sculpture is attached to a boulder at the park. It was dedicated in 2002.
Photo: Freedom Grove marker at Brown’s Chapel Park/file photo