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What To Do In Washington During September


The 10th anniversary of 9/11 will include several events in the Washington area. One of the first events is the 5th Annual Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial 5K Run, which will be held Sept. 10 at 6 PM in Arlington, Va. The course includes views of the Pentagon. Registration fees go to organizations focused on the healing of military personnel and civilians directly affected by the war on terrorism and the 9/11 attacks.

The 9/11 anniversary will also be commemorated with A Concert of Rememberance and Hope for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. The concert, which will feature soprano Julie Keim and trumpet player Woodrow English, will be on Sept. 11 at 4 PM at National Presbyterian Church at 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. Tickets for adults are $25 and can be purchased online.

There will also be a 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11 from 1 PM to 4 PM at Freedom Plaza at 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Attendees will be able to paint a 9/11 Remembrance Mural, assemble educational kits for students, write honor cards to military families, participate in a volunteer fair and participate in a tribute program featuring regional and national speakers, local choirs, poetry and a dance troupe.

The National Museum of American History will have 50 objects recovered from the three sites attacked on 9/11 on display in an exhibit called Remembrance and Reflection. The objects are on display now until Sept. 11 from 11 AM to 3 PM.

If you’re feeling some extra energy on Sept. 11, you can compete in the 6th Annual Nation’s Triathlon to Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The race includes a 1.5K swim in the Potomac River, a 40K bike course and a 10K run. It starts at 7 AM at West Potomac Park at West Basin Drive, SW.

Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Va., will present reenactments of the siege of British forces at Yorktown on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11 from 9 AM to 5 PM. The event will include a stroll through the camp, talk with the soldiers and military demos throughout the day. The event is included in the estate admission, which is $15 for adults; $14 for seniors; $7 for children ages 6-11 and free for children under 6.

Ford’s Theatre puts on two historic tours of Washington through October featuring actors as tour guides. One tour is led by Detective James McDevitt who was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan police the night of Lincoln’s assassination. The 2-hour tour makes 8 stops along a 1.4-mile route. Tours are held Sept. 3 and Sept. 10 at 6:45 PM and Sept. 17 and Sept. 24 at 10:15 AM. The second tour is led by an actress depicting Elizabeth Keckly, who bought her freedom after 35 years of slavery and a friend of Mary Todd Lincoln. This tour lasts 90 minutes and covers 1.5 miles. Her presentation is for private tours only.

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