Southwest, central Virginia communities honor 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday

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(WFXR) — It’s been 20 years since the 9/11 attacks and Americans across the country will never forget that day. Towns and cities around southwest and central Virginia are honoring the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001 and celebrating the lives of our communities every day heroes on Saturday.

Botetourt County

The 9/11 Memorial Walk at Riverfront Park in Buchanan will start with opening remarks at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, and then the walk is scheduled from 8:46 a.m. to 10:28 a.m. There will also be music, raffles, and carnival fries until noon. You can even adopt a flag.

Other events taking place this weekend in Botetourt County are listed below:

Buena Vista

Buena Vista is remembering the heroes who lost their lives on 9/11 through a patriotic event and art installation at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Glen Maury Park, adjacent to the Double Decker pavilion.

The program will include local veterans, acknowledgements from local leaders, and other people sharing their perspectives on the 20th anniversary of the attacks. There will also be patriotic music and a seven-gun military salute.

Organizers say the will be centered around the recreation of Mark Cline’s 2006 memorial sculpture of the Twin Towers from two 40-foot-fall metal storage containers.


The Danville Fire Department is hosting a 9/11 anniversary commemoration ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at their headquarters on 600 Lynn Street. Capt. Ken Jones — one of the six department members who traveled to New York to help firefighters after the attack — is set to be the keynote speaker.

Floyd County

The Floyd County Fair — with the theme of “Celebrating Everyday Heroes” — is taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Chantilly Farm in Floyd. There will be family-friendly games, agricultural demos, local food vendors, live music, a livestock competition, a petting zoo, community exhibits, contests, and more.

Franklin County

The Rocky Mount Fire Department is holding a 9/11 Remembrance Walk on Saturday, Sept. 11. The participants will leave from the North Main Station at 8:46 a.m., but only uniformed personnel will be allowed to participate in the walk so there is no need for street closures or a police escort.

In addition, the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce says the ninth annual Smith Mountain Lake Paddling Race will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park in Franklin County. There are multiple distance options for the race and different types of boards, kayaks, and boats available for rent. To learn more about this race or to register for the event, click here.

Henry County

In Henry County, community members are urged to line the streets at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11 to show your support for first responders, law enforcement and emergency communications staff for the third annual Henry County Emergency Services Parade. The parade runs from downtown Bassett (Fairystone Park Highway) to Virginia Avenue, Memorial Boulevard, Greensboro Road, and the Martinsville Speedway.

Attendees are then encouraged to fill the stands at the speedway for a moment of remembrance honoring those impacted by the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. After the ceremony, you can come down to the pit road, meet your emergency services heroes, and check out their vehicles.


For the fourth year in a row, the Forest Rotary Club is paying tribute to heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice with 1,000 U.S. flags on display at the Field of Honor in Lynchburg as a tribute to past and present American heroes, including first responders, health care workers, EMTs, firefighters, police, active-duty military, and veterans. The flags will be on display until Sept. 18.

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, though, the Rotary Club of Forest invites the public to a special ceremony at the Field of Honor — which is located at 6 Millrace Drive on Graves Mill Road outside of Automated Conveyor System — to recognize 20 years since 9/11. They plan to have a flyover with World War II planes during the ceremony.

Meanwhile, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. over at the River Ridge parking lot, Lynchburg City Schools says the River Ridge Mall is partnering with Virginia State Police to throw a “Heroes Serving the Community” event.

Law enforcement officers and first responders from Lynchburg — as well as Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties — will be there to provide safety demonstrations, display their emergency vehicles, offer free car seat inspections, and more.


Roanoke Fire-EMS says the annual Roanoke 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will take place at the Salem Memorial Ballpark from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, but check-in and on-site registration starts at 3:30 p.m.

To learn more about, to register for, or to donate to the Roanoke 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, follow this link.

In addition, the Salem Rotary club’s Olde Salem Days Arts and Crafts Festival is returning to downtown Salem on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but street closures will be in place from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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