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September 2, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg and Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance Commemorate Events of Sept. 11 with 9/11 Remembrance and Freedom Walk

Colonial Williamsburg and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance sponsor the 9/11 Remembrance and Freedom Walk starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, the 10th anniversary of terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

The community is invited to join Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, a Joint Color Guard, 1st Responder Colors and Military/1st Responder senior officials on a walk from Merchants Square to the Courthouse on Duke of Gloucester Street.

At the Courthouse, participants in a ceremony at 1:15 p.m. remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001. John Garay of the Alliance Armed Forces Committee offers introductions. Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Terry Harper sings the national anthem. Lt. Cmdr. Karl A. Lindblad, command chaplain at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, gives the invocation. Paul Freiling, vice mayor of the City of Williamsburg, welcomes officials and guests. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform. Patrick Henry, portrayed by Nation Builder Richard Schumann, gives remarks. The program closes with the singing of “God Bless America.”

Established in 1938, the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 900 members. Its purpose is to sustain, enhance and promote the business community of the Historic Triangle (City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County).

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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