The Arlington Historical Society held a Gala Reception featuring “The Day War Came to Arlington!” with Lt. Col. Robert Darling, USMC (Ret.) On September 11, 2001, Col. Darling served as our nation’s primary military presence in the presidential bunker. He witnessed the fear, confusion, and panic that immediately followed the surprise attack and the near-disasters that were narrowly averted. He also was witness to and part of the eventual clarity of decision-making and resolution that rallied our nation. His presentation was a gripping, no-holds-barred account of that fateful day.

We also honored our military, our veterans, and our first responders at the event. Featured speakers include:

  • Commander James Pebley, USN (Ret.), USS Arlington
  • John Vihstadt, County Board Member
  • Dr. Allison Finkelstein, Arlington’s World War I Commemoration Task Force
  • Former Chief James Schwartz, Arlington County Fire Department

In addition, the Arlington Historical Society also honored two people who have made a difference in local Arlington history with the

  • Lifetime Achievement Award to Judith Knudsen, Director of the Center for Local History at the Arlington Public Library
  • Volunteer of the Year Award to Max Gross for his work on the Arlington Historical Magazine.

This event was held at the Army-Navy Club on June 6, 2017. The Arlington Historical Society gratefully acknowledges Frank O’Leary who organized the event with help from several other volunteers. This video was produced by Arlington Independent Media.