Saturday 9/11 Vigil will Light Up Roosevelt Center
Greenbelt will get the chance to take part in a candlelight vigil in Roosevelt Center on the eve of the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Roosevelt Center will glow with candlelight on Saturday night as residents gather at 8:30 p.m. for a Remembrance Candlelight Vigil in honor of those who fell on 9/11.
The Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department will participate in the event, which is hosted by the Greenbelt Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC). Firefighters plan to drive up in their new truck with a 100-foot beam and extend the beam out to hang the American flag over Roosevelt Center, PSAC chair Laura Kressler shared.
Attendees will begin with a song, "America the Beautiful." Afterward Kressler will share her remembrances of Ground Zero, where she was deployed right after 9/11. Others will share additional comments and reflections until candles are passed out and lit at 9:05, followed by a minute of silence that will begin at 9:10 p.m. and end at 9:11 p.m.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is also slated to bring a big screen to hang at the opposite end of Roosevelt Center from the fire truck. Photographic images taken at the heart of 9/11 will be displayed on the screen in a mutltimedia show created by Kressler, which will follow the minute of silence.
The remembrance boards from the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, where people recorded their comments about 9/11, will be at the ceremony and participants will get the chance to add additional comments.
9/11 Greenbelt Events
On Sunday, Greenbelt will also be the destination of firefighters from across the country, who have invited Greenbelters to join them in a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. The Stair Climb will be followed by a reception at the Greenbelt Volunteer Fire Department.
The American Legion, Post 136 will also host a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at 11 a.m.