Remembering Sept. 11

Arlington County has scheduled a number of events Sunday and next week to honor the memory of those who died at the Pentagon in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and those who responded to the attacks.

The public is invited to a brief observance beginning at 9:15 a.m. at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette will host the event, which will include a combined honor guard, the singing of the national anthem, a moment of silence at 9:37 a.m., and the tolling of a bell 184 times, once for each person killed in the attack. The community is encouraged to display American flags as part of "Flags Across Arlington." Other Sept. 11-related events in the county are listed below, and information about them is available at the county Web site at www.arlingtonva.us; click on "Calendar" at the top. Some of the events:

"The American Political Scene in 2005: Where Have All the Leaders Gone?" 2 p.m., Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St. David Broder, a columnist for The Washington Post, and Alan Ehrenhalt, executive editor of Governing magazine, look at the obstacles to protecting and nurturing the constructive exchange of ideas and why they must be overcome.

The Pentagon's America's Heroes Memorial and Chapel: Public Tours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pentagon. The Pentagon's America's Heroes Memorial, dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, and the Pentagon Memorial Chapel will be open to public tours beginning at 10 a.m. Parking on the Pentagon Reservation is by permit only; visitors are encouraged to arrive by Metro. Photography is prohibited and all bags are subject to search. Tours will start from the Pentagon south parking lot and enter the Pentagon near the site of the 9/11 attack. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit www.whs.mil/911_2005.cfm.

Remembering September 11, 2 to 4 p.m. at Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery. Park rangers who were working at the site on Sept. 11, 2001, will share their experiences with visitors, who will then be invited to discuss what they were doing when they heard about the attacks.

Fourth Annual Police/Fire/Sheriff 9-11 Memorial 5K Run, 6 p.m., Crystal City Doubletree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Dr. This is a family-friendly 5K run in Crystal City. Prizes are given in four categories: overall, law enforcement, firefighter and military. For details and online registration, go to www.arlington911race.com.

4th Annual First Responders Cup: Girls' Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, Sept. 16-18, Virginia Highlands Park, 1600 S. Hayes St. The First Responders Cup Tournament is held annually to honor those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, and to celebrate the heroism of the Arlington police and firefighters who were the first on the scene after the attack on the Pentagon. This year, net proceeds from the tournament will be donated to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The Arlington Fire Department will be hosting the youth burn victims at the tournament. For more information, e-mail George Barusso at gbarusso@arlingtonva.us.