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August 11, 2004

9/11/04: Commemoration Events Worldwide

Last year, with your participation, Families of September 11 (FOS11) generated a list of more than 85 commemoration events occurring around the world in honor of 9/11 and those who were lost. Some events were organized by public officials; others were small ceremonies in communities or the homes of families who were directly affected. FOS11 members received an updated event list that included the time, date and contact information for the event.

Help us to help FOS11 members again. Let us know about 9/11 commemoration activities that are being organized in your community this fall -- anything that commemorates 9/11, no matter how small, can be included. Send your event information (location, time, date, email, phone, etc.) or information about memorials (location, photos, any "history") to info@familiesofseptember11.org and write "9/11 Commemoration Event" in the subject line. You can call us at (212) 575-1878 if you prefer to tell us by phone.

Below is a list of upcoming commemoration activities organized by state. In addition, there are national and international events, as well as a listing of other ways you can be involved, including seminars and discussion groups.

Commemoration Events -- 9/11/04


A candlelight Community Service of Remembrance, Hope and Prayer will be held at 8:00 PM on Saturday, September 11, 2004, at Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church, 106 Walnut Street, Natick, MA 01760.  For more information please contact FiskUMC@aol.com, (508) 653-1674.  Family members and friends are invited to participate in this service.  Please contact Debi Henry at (508) 651-0256 or debihenry@hotmail.com for more information.

New York
New York City, World Trade Center Site
There will be a Memorial Ceremony held at the World Trade Center site in New York City on Saturday, September 11, 2004. A formal notice is expected to be mailed to all families.

The Memorial Ceremony will follow closely the style/format of last year's ceremony, including: an early morning ceremony with full reading of victims' names and four moments of silence at times of impact and collapse; and a Tribute of Lights in the evening of 9/11. More information will follow.

New York City, Intrepid Museum
Heart of America Quilt
The quilt is over a 1/2 acre when displayed in full. The white stripes are made from panels that people have created all over the world. Some panels have pictures of lost ones, some have notes to you from children, some are by firefighters or survivors from the Pentagon. A team of volunteers has worked on this since 9/11/01.

There will be a small service at the Intrepid Museum on September 11, 2004, and the quilt will be exhibited September 8-11. For more information, please contact Susan Morissette at (207) 873-3573, email admin@heartofamericaquilt.com, or visit www.heartofamericaquilt.com.

Flag of Remembrance to be Unveiled in Chappaqua
The Flag of Remembrance was created to honor the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Photographs of victims sent by family and friends were transferred to fabric squares in tones of red, white or blue. To create the Flag, the more than 3,000 pieces of fabric were sewn together to form a majestic American flag of faces that measures 27 feet wide and 20 feet high.  Those without a photograph are honored with a memorial candle. All victims are identified by name.

The official unveiling and dedication of the Flag of Remembrance will take place at 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 11, 2004, in the courtyard of the Chappaqua Library in Chappaqua, New York (rain date September 12, 2004). The Chappaqua Library is located at 195 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY. For more information about the Flag of Remembrance, contact Sherry Kronenfeld, (914) 238-3315, visit www.flagofremembrance.com, or email contact@flagofremembrance.com.

Reflection and Remembrance, with the Westchester Cordsman Untermyer Park, Yonkers, NY, will take place on September 11, 2004, at 6:00 PM.  For directions and more information, please visit their website at www.untermyer.com.

Concert for Remembrance, 9/11 was established in memory of Welles Remy Crowther, and all of the victims and heroes of the terrible attacks of 9/11. It is a free concert for the community, sponsored by The Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust. September 11 families have reserved seating with a red rose waiting for you in memory of your loved one. This year, Barbara Allen, principal harpist of American Ballet Theatre Orchestra, will perform a Handel Concerto arranged for harp and we will give the US premier of "Lament and Restoration", a violin concerto written by Ron Wasserman, principal bassist of New York City Ballet, in memory of 9/11 and the healing power of music. Other works will be performed, as well. A reception will follow to meet the artists and the composer.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend and have reserved seating. The Third Annual Concert for Remembrance, 9/11 will take place on Sunday, September 12, 5:00 PM at Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Avenue, Nyack, New York, gracechurchnyack.org. To RSVP and for more information please contact Alison Crowther at (845) 353-6339. Admission is free.

Staten Island
The Towers of Light will be at several locations on Staten Island. More dates and information, please contact Dennis McKeon at mckeond@att.com.
September 9   St. John's University
September 10  Angel Circle
September 12  St. Clares

Other Ways You Can Be Involved

Donate Blood
Take part in the Third Annual Blood Drive, in celebration of Waleed Iskandar’s life. Help celebrate Waleed’s life and commemorate the third anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 by donating blood on Sunday, September 12, 2004, from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 18400 Kinzie St. Northridge, CA. 91324. For an appointment please call May Marconet at (818) 701-5794 or email maymarconet@iskandar.com.

Seminars/Discussion Groups
One Day’s Pay
One Day's Pay, a 501c3 non-profit public benefit corporation, was founded in 2002 to honor the victims, family members, and survivors of the attacks on America, as well as the rescue and recovery workers and the thousands of volunteers who gave so much on and following September 11. We pay tribute to them by working to establish September 11 as a national day of voluntary service, charity and compassion, and by encouraging individuals, employers and groups to permanently set aside time each September 11 to help others in need through service or other giving activities. Visit http://www.onedayspay.org/about/index.php for more information.

The September Project
On Saturday, September 11, 2004, people across the land will share ideas about democracy, citizenship, and patriotism. Locally organized, libraries, schools, and organizations will host talks, deliberations, and performances about issues that matter to their communities. Everyone is invited to participate in this project. The organizers extend a special invite to members of Families of September 11. They believe your voice -- your individual voice, your collective voice -- is sorely needed.  For that reason, they encourage you to approach a local public space like a library and see if they are planning events. If interested, offer yourself as a potential speaker, moderator, performer, and/or member of a roundtable. Spread the word about events to organizations to which you belong and suggest that they participate in some way on Saturday, September 11. For more information, please contact David Silver at www.theseptemberproject.org.

The project launched in March, 2004.  In the US, as of August 5, 2004, 223 libraries in 39 states are participating, with new libraries and often entire library systems joining daily. Libraries are the core, as they have historically upheld the right to open and free access to information and ideas. September Project events are distributed nationally and internationally and are free and open to the people. A map of participating hosts can be viewed here: http://www.com.washington.edu/september/map.asp

The September Project is beyond borders. Spain's El Proyecto Septiembre (http://septiembre.ciberpunk.org) has coordinated events in six cities. Portugal's O Projecto Setembro (http://setembro.ciberpunk.org) has planned an event in Lisbon. In Venezuela, events are planned for Caracas and Maracay; in Australia, the University of Sydney has joined; in the Netherlands, the University of Nijmegen and the Cultural Centre for the Arts Lux are hosting a public conference. We are in contact with folks interested in hosting similar events on September 11 in Canada, Chile, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Mexico, and Uruguay. International hosts are planning events that focus on issues that matter to them.  For example, events in Spain will address democracy and citizenship, but also provide forums on civil liberties, immigration, and March 11.