Several events held in Hampton Roads to commemorate September 11

Posted at 10:49 PM, Sep 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-11 13:22:44-04

Several events took place on Thursday in Hampton Roads to commemorate September 11th.

In Virginia Beach, a ceremony was held at Base Chapel at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek at 9 a.m. The base's commanding officer, Captain Frank Hughlett, told dozens of sailors and Marines that this day is about celebrating the American spirit and celebrating those who rose up when the towers came down.

Capt. Hughlett told everyone to not only remember the nearly 3,000 Americans killed that day, but also remember how the county came together when we were under attack.

"The fact is, we took a punch. But we got up stronger and rekindled. The American spirit never goes away. It just sits below the surface and sometimes it brings us all together," he said during his speech.

The CO also asked the audience to pray for those still fighting in the war against terrorism, which includes hundreds of sailors, soldiers and Marines from Little Creek-Fort Story deployed around the world.

Chesapeake, Va. - The City of Chesapeake held a Ceremony of Remembrance at 8:30 a.m. at the Chesapeake City Park located on 900 Greenbrier Parkway. The ceremony was held at the World Trade Center Memorial Beam.

In Norfolk, there will be a ceremony held by the Norfolk Federation of Civic Leagues at 7 p.m. on Thursday. This will be held at the Norfolk Botanical Garden's Rose Garden Hall at 6700 Azalea Garden Road.

Seating is limited. Call 651-9568 for more information.

In Williamsburg, the College of William & Mary's Queen's Guard positioned an honor guard at the east-end of the Sunken Garden with a Memorial Wreath. The guard will be in position until 5:00 p.m.