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September 8, 2011

USS Cole to Participate in 9-11 10th Anniversary Healing
and Remembrance Ceremony

City to Offer Free Parking; Police and Fire Museum Hosts 9-11 Exhibit

NORFOLK, Va. – The City of Norfolk is pleased to announce the USS Cole (DDG 67) will participate in the 10th Anniversary Healing and Remembrance Ceremony at Town Point Park Sunday September 11, 2011.
The ceremony honors those who died, the heroes who responded, as well as all the military and first responders who continue the fight to this day.  Four moments of silence will be interlaced with the names of the nearly three thousand people who died 10 years ago.  Norfolk residents affected by the tragedy have volunteered their voices for the readings which will include the names of the sailors who perished on the USS Cole.
While refueling in Aden Harbor, Yemen on October 12, 2000, the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer was victim of a terrorist attack.  A small boat filled with explosives detonated resulting in a 40 by 60 foot hole and the loss of 17 sailors.
“Even in her darkest hour, the USS Cole and her sailors prevailed and it is that spirit and undying commitment to service that we honor today,” said Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim.
General public tours of the Cole will be offered Saturday, September 10 from 10:00am-4:00pm and Sunday, September 11 from 1:00pm-4:00pm.  Visitors should plan on wearing comfortable clothing including flat, rubber-soled shoes.  If you bring a handbag or camera case it will be searched prior to entering.  Prohibited items include glass containers, firearms, mace and signs of any type. 
The City of Norfolk will provide free parking at the Waterside, Main Street and Town Point parking garages from 6:00am-10:30am Sunday, September 11, 2011.   The public is encouraged to bring blankets and chairs as no seating at the ceremony will be provided.  
Following the formal ceremony, the public is invited to visit the Norfolk Police and Fire Museum located at 401 East Freemason Street.  The museum will be open from Noon-4pm for the public to view and touch artifacts featured in the 9-11 Commemorative Exhibit.
The museum exhibit will also feature Norfolk Police and Fire-Rescue personnel with first hand accounts of their work experiences at the site of the World Trade Center in the aftermath of 9-11.
The public is invited to stay at Town Point Park throughout the day for personal reflection and enjoy the free Virginia Symphony “America the Beautiful” sunset concert at 7:00pm.
For questions regarding the Healing and Remembrance Ceremony call 664-4031.

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