September 11 , 2002, 15:07 EDT

Virginia National Guard remembers

BLACKSTONE, Va. - The Virginia National Guard took time today to remember those lost in the tragedy of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The solemn remembrance began with the dedication this morning of the United States Property and Fiscal Office conference room to Ms. Peggie M. Hurt, 36, of Crewe, Va. Hurt, an accountant for the U. S. Army, was one of 189 people killed on September 11, 2001 when American Airlines flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon.

(Left to right) Col. Catherine Hundley, Lt. Col Kimberly Dillon, and Col. Stephen Huxtable join with others gathered at the Pickett Theater for a remembrance service for those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (Photo courtesy of the Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Hurt was more than an accountant for the Army though. She was an associate, a co-worker and most importantly a friend to many here at the Virginia National Guard United States Property and Fiscal Office and Fort Pickett. She had worked for the Virginia National Guard for several years before moving to Northern Virginia. She went from her position with the Virginia National Guard to the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington and from there to her job in the Pentagon as an Army accountant. In fact, she moved to that job only two weeks before the terrorist attack.

Soldiers, civilian employees, family members and neighbors then gathered in the Pickett Theater shortly after noon to remember the events of September 11, 2001, the men and women lost to the terrorist attack and the people so deeply touched by this tragedy. The service of remembrance gave those who attended an opportunity to draw strength and solace from each other. Col. Stephen Huxtable, Chief of Staff for the Virginia Army National Guard, joined Chaplain (Col.) Robert Koehler, State Chaplain, to lead those gathered at the post theater through the 45-minute remembrance ceremony. The ceremony was intended to provide comfort and assist in the emotional healing of those who gathered at the theater.

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