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A Day to Remember, Patriot Day Community Commemoration

Posted on August 31, 2015 at 4:33 PM by Stephanie Baynes

September 11, 2001, a day that lives in the hearts and minds of all those old enough to remember. It is a day I remember well. I can recall where I was when the first tower was struck, where I was when the second tower was struck, the Pentagon, and the Towers falling. I will never forget how truly heartbreaking it was to explain to my elementary aged children what had happened while they were at school. It’s hard to believe that 14 years have passed.

This September 11th, the Town of Vienna and the American-Legion Dyer-Gunner Post 180 will sponsor the annual “A Day to Remember, Patriot Day Community Commemoration” at the Freeman House Lawn. The program starts with the “Sounding of the Bells” at 8:46 am, the time of the first terrorist strike on the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

This year’s commemoration will feature Dan Dellinger as the keynote speaker. He was elected national commander of the 2.4 million-member American Legion on Aug. 29, 2013 in Houston, during the 95th national convention of the nation’s largest veteran’s organization.

Mr. Dellinger became an Army Infantry officer after graduating with a degree in criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  He served at Fort Benning, Georgia, during the Vietnam War and entered the U.S. Army Reserve in 1972, separating from the service in 1984 at the rank of captain.

Mr. Dellinger has been a member of the Dyer-Gunnell American Legion Post 180 in Vienna since 1982 and was made a life member in 1990. He has served as post, district and department commander and has chaired numerous committees.  At the national level, he chaired the Legislative, National Security, and Aerospace Committees.  He has served as a presidential appointee on the Federal Taskforce on SBA Hiring, the Vice Mayor of the Town of Vienna, Virginia and has served three terms as a Town Councilmember.  Mr. Dellinger is also a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and the Loyal Order of the Kentucky Colonels.

Additionally the program will include “A Day to Remember Proclamation” by Mayor Laurie DiRocco, honoring the 2,977 civilians, public safety and military personnel, as well as acknowledging America’s response.

The Vienna Choral Society will sing the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful,” and members of the Vienna American Legion 180 will provide the Invocation, readings, and prayer.

Please join us on the lawn of the Freeman House on September 11, 2015 at 8:46 am.

Tara Voigt,
Town Councilmember