ST. CROIX — As the anniversary of the “day of terror” nears, communities across the United States and the Virgin Islands are preparing special commemorative ceremonies to honor the innocent victims, the rescue workers, firefighters and law enforcement officers who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.
According to a press release issued by American Legion, on what has now been designated by national legislation (Public Law 107-89) as Patriot Day, American Legion posts across the country will host commemorative ceremonies – and the Virgin Islands is no exception. Starting at noon on Friday, September 11, 2015 at the Myron G. Danielson American Legion Post #85 headquarters at #2 Old Hospital Grounds, Christiansted, on St. Croix; Frank Powell Park, St. John at 12:00 noon; and Sub Base, St. Thomas at 6:30 p.m. American Legion Posts will host a community event that is intended to commemorate what American Legion District Commander Charles David has designated as “A Day to Remember.”
The commemoration ceremony honors the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, airline flight takeovers and the American military service personnel who have died in the battle against terrorism while other members of the service continue to fight. American Legion posts across America are energizing their communities to ensure that the innocent victims will never be forgotten. “We must not forget all of those who gave their lives for this great country,” District Commander Charles David said.
“Everyone is invited to join together in this uniting ceremony.”
The ceremony on this island will begin at 11:00 A.M. September 11, 2015 with a mini parade from the Bassin Triangle to Myron G. Danielson American Legion Post #85 headquarters at #2 Old Hospital Grounds, Christiansted where the official ceremony will take place starting at 12:00 noon. Participants from the American Legions, Police Department, Fire Services, Virgin Islands National Guard, Boy Scouts, schools will all take part in this memorable event. Recognition will be given to emergency service personnel who have remained strong throughout the entire ordeal on the attack of America and who have upheld the honor of patriotism.
There will be a number of different events during the ceremony, including the placement of a ceremonial wreath to commemorate past war fighters who are now deceased.
“This ceremony will not only honor those who have died, but also those who live and continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation,” David said. “As a nation united, we must remain committed to supporting the men and women of our armed forces as they serve with honor and courage.”