FYI Alexandria - August 27, 2019

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Metrorail Stations to Reopen September 9 

Metro's closure of the six Blue and Yellow Line Metrorail stations south of the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station is almost over, with stations scheduled to reopen on September 9. Since the closure began, commuters have taken advantage of shuttle services provided by Metro and DASH, and are using alternative forms of transit. Water taxi service to Washington, D.C. has proven so popular it will continue through at least December. During the final week of the Metro closure, residents, commuters and visitors are reminded to use the available tools to guide their travel, including trip planning resources, real-time traffic cameras, Virginia road alerts and more.

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Prepared, Not Scared: National Preparedness Month 2019

September is National Preparedness Month. Learn how to prepare yourself, your property and your loved ones for emergencies by attending one of the free training events offered in September, including the annual Emergency Preparedness Fair on September 24. This year's focus is on family and community emergency planning, with the overarching theme "Prepared, Not Scared." Everyone should be prepared for the unexpected and learn lifesaving skills such as CPR and first aid. All training opportunities are free and open to the public.

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Alexandria to Host Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project Meeting

Attend the first of several community meetings about the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Community Remembrance Project on September 21, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the Charles Houston Recreation Center (901 Wythe St.). The meeting will provide information about the project and activities to remember the victims of lynching in Alexandria, including the retrieval of a pillar from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice that memorializes the two documented lynchings in Alexandria's history. EJI's National Memorial for Peace and Justice includes more than 800 steel monuments for each county or city in the U.S. where a racial terror lynching took place.

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Alexandria Celebrates Citizenship Day

Alexandria will hold its annual Citizenship Day celebration on September 10, at 5 p.m., in Market Square (301 King St.). Help welcome 45 of our newest U.S. citizens as they are sworn in during this special ceremony, administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in honor of Constitution Day and National Citizenship Day. 

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City to Host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

The public is invited to attend a remembrance ceremony on Wednesday, September 11, at 10 a.m., in Market Square (301 King St.), to mark the tragic events of September 11, 2001. The event will remember all those killed, injured or otherwise affected; and honor those who gave their lives to save others while courageously responding to the incident. The tribute will also include the "Return to Quarters" bell-ringing ceremony.

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Alexandria Dog Swims

Treat your pooch to a late summertime dip at one of the City of Alexandria's annual Dog Swims. Dogs under 25 pounds can enjoy a pool to themselves at the Itty Bitty Doggie Dive on September 20, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Charles Houston Recreation Center Memorial Pool (901 Wythe St.). Dogs of all sizes can enjoy the Big Dog Day Swim on September 21, from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Old Town Pool (1609 Cameron St.). To learn more about the event, visit

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