Newport News event honors those who lost on 9/11

This weekend marks 21 years since the September 11 terrorist attacks.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — On Saturday morning, dozens of Newport News first responders gathered to honor the lives lost in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The community gathered for a day of remembrance, prayer and song.
Newport News Police, Fire and Sheriff’s Departments held a special ceremony to honor and remember the thousands of people who died on 9/11, including hundreds of first responders.

“In the military, we have a saying: let’s not forget,” said Sheriff Gabriel Morgan.

United States Capitol Police Officer Captain Jessica Baboulis was in Washington DC that day. She took to Newport News to share her story.

“It was a day of anger, it was a day of loss,” she said. “And on reflection, it was a day of love.”

Newport News Mayor Dr McKinley Price read a proclamation at the ceremony to “honor and remember our fallen heroes and the tragic loss of so many innocent lives”.

Officers presented wreaths in memory of the victims.

21 years later, Saturday’s ceremony continues a promise that we will never forget the lives lost.

“Flags flew from every balcony and porch as far as the eye could see,” Baboulis said of the aftermath of 9/11. “Everyone came together and everyone helped perfect each other.”

Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the September 11 terrorist attacks.