Patriot’s Day to be celebrated throughout region

As Sunday is the 15-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, several local organizations will be hosting Patriot’s Day commemorative ceremonies over the weekend.

Upcoming on Saturday, Sept 10, at Veteran’s Memorial Park on E. Main Street in South Hill, the American Legion Post 79 will host its annual Patriot’s Day 9/11 ceremony.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. and feature keynote speaker Stuart Bowen, South Hill’s new police chief.

The annual event also features presentations by the American Legion Post 79 and VFW Post 7166 and honors all those who lost their lives in the attacks, as well as all first responders and military personnel.

On Sunday, Sept. 11, 9/11 Commemorative Committee in Brunswick County will host a Patriot’s Day ceremony in Lawrenceville at the Sonny Wholey Memorial Park, which is located behind the Elm Acres Community Center.

The event will recognize and honor first responders — law enforcement, rescue and fire — as well as all four branches of the military.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. and should be over around 8 p.m.

Finally, a Patriot’s Day Service will take place at the House of Prayer, 6793 U.S. 58, Buffalo Junction, on Sunday beginning at 7 p.m.

It will feature a celebration of first responders by Alex Greene, a tribute to veterans and military personnel from Commander Sergeant Major Carl Holcomb of Mechanicsville, and patriotic songs from the Clarksville Community Choir.

There will be refreshments served following the service.