Colonial Williamsburg® The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Official History and Citizenship Website

Page content
Reset text sizeResize text larger

September 6, 2002

Ceremony, programs at CW remember the victims, heroes of September 11

The public is invited to join Colonial Williamsburg in a commemorative observance at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, September 11 in the Bruton Parish Church yard to honor the victims and heroes of the terrorism attacks a year ago.

“11 September 2002: A Time for Remembrance” will provide visitors and residents an opportunity to reflect on last year’s tragic events and to remember the importance of the freedoms Americans hold dear.

Following a prelude of patriotic music by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, the Rev. Herman Hollerith, rector of Bruton Parish Church, will lead a prayer for the nation and Mayor Jeanne Zeidler will offer a reading. Richard Schumann, who portrays Patrick Henry in the Historic Area, will review Henry’s thoughts about sacrifice, vigilance and the preservation of liberty.

The memorial will conclude with a selection of patriotic music by the Fifes and Drums and the ringing of the bells in the Capitol and Bruton Parish Church 21 times in memory of the terrorism victims.

On the anniversary of last year’s attacks, Colonial Williamsburg’s museums join with museums across the country with programs designed to illustrate America’s indomitable spirit. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum will hold special tours that focus on patriotic emblems in folk art. Tours will be offered at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. September 11.

In addition, families can participate in “Art Stop at the Folk Art Museum.” This program, which is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., allows adults and children to make their own folk art as a means of reflection and remembrance. Art supplies are provided.

A special concert, “What America Means to Me,” is scheduled for 2, 3:30 and 5 p.m. in the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum’s Hennage Auditorium. Colonial Williamsburg musicians will share quotes and songs from the past 200 years that focus on what this country means to its citizens. Visitors will be invited to submit their own thoughts on paper as they enter the auditorium and they will be incorporated through a PowerPoint presentation at the end of the program.

The museum programs are included in museum admission. Reservations are required for the concert.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley
(757) 220-7281