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August 27, 2004

9/11/04: Updated List of Commemoration Events

With your help, Families of September 11 has generated the following list of 9/11 commemoration activities and memorials organized by state. Some events are organized by public officials; others are small ceremonies in communities or the homes of families who were directly affected. In addition, at the bottom of this list there are international events, as well as a listing of other ways you can be involved.

Let us know about 9/11 memorial and commemoration activities that are being organized in your community this fall. Send the 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 about the event by phone.

Commemoration Events -- 9/11/04

The Fender Center for the Performing Arts, Freedom’s Flame Memorial Foundation, Quick Throttle Magazine’s 9/11 Patriot Ride and K-FROGG 95.1 are thrilled to present the 9/11 Patriot Ride and Freedom Concerts featuring Joe Nichols and Johnny Hiland on Saturday, September 11 and Sunday, September 12 at the Fender Center for the Performing Arts, 365 Main Street, Corona, CA. For more information please contact the Fender Center Box Office at 951-735-2440 x102, Freedom’s Flam Memorial at info@freedomsflame.us, Quick Throttle Magazine at 888-770-9866, K-FORGG 95.1 at 909-825-92523.

A monument will be unveiled on Main Street in Danbury. It will feature the names of all the victims. There will be a 90-minute ceremony.


There will be a wreath laying ceremony including a rifle salute honoring the 9/11 casualties and a color guard at the Commander Dan Shanower/September 11 Memorial in Naperville, IL, at 10:00 AM on September 11, 2004. The memorial features a sculpture with a beam from the World Trade Center, fragments from the Pentagon, and granite from the Pennsylvania region where Flight 93 crashed. Survivors of the events of September 11, 2001, and family members of victims who would like to participate in the ceremony are asked to contact Joe Dittmar at jdittmarsr@sbcglobal.net

The memorial is dedicated to Commander Shanower, a Naperville native who died in the attack on the Pentagon, and the other victims of 9/11. It is located along Riverwalk adjacent to the Naperville Municipal center, 400 S. Eagle Street. For more information about the event, please contact Gary Karafiat at (630) 420-6034.

On Saturday, September 11, 2004, Boston will have its Third Anniversary Commemoration. At 8:46 AM there will be a Flag Lowering and Moment of Silence on the State House Main Lawn. At 10:00 AM there will be a Commemoration Speaking Program and Continental breakfast at the Boston Opera House. From 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, families may visit the Contemplative Garden at the Boston Public Garden. At 12:00 PM there will be a luncheon at the Ritz Carlton Boston on Arlington Street. At 2:00 PM the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery will be presented at the House Chamber at the Massachusetts State House. At 3:00 PM there will be a reception to welcome the Beyond the 11th Charity Cyclists at the Parade Grounds at the Boston Common.

This year, you will need to RSVP to the Mass 9/11 Fund for each event in order to attend. All events are optional, so please feel free to attend those events which are of interest to your family.  You will receive invitations by mail and email. The invitation will be posted on the website by Friday, August 27, and you can RSVP by email, through the website, by calling or in writing.  Luncheon seating will be assigned by table on a first come-first served order. Seating at the opera house will more than comfortably accommodate all guests. Credentials will be required at all events except the Flag Lowering at 8:46 AM. Credentials will be available at the Opera House or by advance special arrangement with Linda or LaNitra.

Parking will be available at the Boston Common Underground garage. Parking will not be compensated by the MA 9/11 Fund. Transportation will be provided to and from all events by MBTA busses. Busses will initially meet family members outside of the Garage Exit between 8:30 AM and 10:00 AM. All venues are handicapped accessible. The Ritz-Carlton Boston is generously offering Fund Families discounted hotel rooms on Friday, September 10, 2004. For more information on this event, please call 866-FUND 911 (866-386-3911).

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.

There will be a dedication ceremony of the new 9/11 Memorial in Plymouth, MA, on September 11, 2004, at 5:00 PM, at the Quintal Brothers Produce Store. The memorial includes slabs of granite with the names of all the victims. During the ceremony a flag that has been flown in Iraq will be raised with flags from the other branches of the military. Family members and police and firefighters will participate in the ceremony. There will be a patriotic parade prior to the dedication, starting at 4:00 PM. 

New Hampshire
On September 11, 2004, several backpacking organizations will climb the 48 peaks in NH that are over 4,000 ft. and place a flag at the top at 12:00 PM. It is a coordinated event that has taken place for the past two years since September 11, 2001. If you are interested, please visit www.flagsonthe48.org or email dollyk@adelphia.net.

New Jersey
Liberty State Park
There will be a site dedication on September 10 at 3:30 PM at Liberty State Park -- the location of the September 11 memorial to be built honoring the 710 New Jersey residents killed in the attacks -- followed by a private reception with the Governor for the families of those victims. For further information, please call (609) 777-1248.

Bergen County, Paramus
Family members are invited to attend the unveiling ceremony for the September 11th Memorial in Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ. This unique memorial will have the engraved names of all who died in the WTC, Pentagon, and the planes. The memorial will be surrounded by three serenity garden, providing a solemn place for reflecting 24/7. Three years in the making, this memorial was built by hard work through door to door donations, bake sales, candy sales, tricky trays, and auctions. The ceremony will start at 10:00 AM on Friday, September 10.  It will be at 230 East Ridgewood Ave. For more information, contact nixdok@yahoo.com or call (201) 967-4642. Please visit Bergen Regional Medical Center's website at www.bergenregional.com for driving information of mass transit information.

Borough of Carteret
There will be a memorial service for the victims of 9/11 on September 11, 2204 at 7:00 PM at the 9/11 Monument in the park.

There will be an unveiling of the memorial for the victims of 9/11 on Sunday, September 12th at noon at Holmdel City Hall located at the intersection of Holmdel Road & Crawfords Corner Road.  For more information, please contact Holmdel City Hall.

Colts Neck
There will be a remembrance ceremony on Sunday, September 12 at 2:00 PM. It will be held at the Memorial Garden in from of the Town Hall. All residents who lost a family member on that day were notified by the Mayor of Colts Neck, NJ.

New York/Boston
Beyond the 11th Bike Ride
Founded by Susan Retik and Patti Quigly, two women who lost their husbands on 9/11, Beyond the 11th offers financial and emotional support to widows who have been affected by the horrors of war and terrorism. In the process, they hope to promote deeper cross-cultural understanding by forging authentic and lasting connections between individuals and communities.

For its first major fundraiser, Susan and Patti are planning to ride their bikes from Ground Zero back up to Boston. Their journey will begin on September 9, 2004, and end in Boston on September 11 where they hope to be joined by 200 riders to help them complete the final 30 miles of the journey.

If you are interested in participating or donating to Beyond the 11th, you can find out more information at www.beyondthe11th.org.

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.  Family members who want to be included in a "lottery" to read or for more information should call (212) 442-8953.

There will also be a representative from the ME's office in the family room at 1 Liberty Plaza from Friday-Sunday who can give family members ID cards which can be used to replace the P and T numbers that have been used to get information and admission into events.

The Memorial Ceremony will start at 8:00 AM. In observance of the time when the first plane struck the North Tower (8:46 AM) there will be a statewide moment of silence, and houses of worship will toll their bells throughout the city. This will start the reading of the names, which will be read by parents and grandparents related to those lost. Families will be able to descend to the lowest level of the site where they can lay flowers. There will be moments of silence to observe when the second plane hit the South Tower (9:03 AM), the fall of the South Tower (9:59 AM) and the fall of the North Tower (10:29 AM). The reading of names will continue. Taps will be performed by the FDNY and NYPD. The ceremony will conclude with a final music performance.

The Tribute in Lights will begin at dusk and will stay lit throughout the evening.

A ferry service will run between Liberty State Park and the ceremony. For more information, please contact cferer@cityhall.nyc.gov.

New York City, Port Authority Tribute
There will be an interfaith ceremony for the Port Authority family members and employees at St. Peter’s Church, at noon on September 11. The public will not be turned away from the ceremony.

New York City, Children’s Art Exhibit
View artwork created by children’s whose parents were killed on 9/11. Seen through their eyes over the past three years, this art documents their pain, courage and hope. The exhibit will be at the Chelsea Terrapin Art Gallery, 121 West 15th Street, New York, NY. It will open on September 8 and will run until September 13. Viewing hours are from noon to 7:00 PM. For more information, please call the World Trade Center Family Center at (516) 687-2700 or the Terrapin Art Gallery at (212) 645-3041.

New York City, Intrepid Museum
Heart of America 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 to 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.

On Saturday, September 11, there will be a service at the Amherst Memorial Grove. The grove has 120 trees dedicated to those that lost their lives on 9/11. The time of the ceremony will be decided on August 31st. For more information please contact lencastrianno@msn.com.

There will be a commemoration service on September 12 at 11:00 AM, in honor of Brenda Conway. It will be held at the Second Chance Christian Center at 1141 Teley Avenue in the Bronx. All are welcome.

There will be a dedication ceremony for the September 11 Garden of Hope at noon on September 12. It will be held at the Church of St. Ephrem, 929 Bay Ridge Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.

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.

The Town of Hempstead is holding a special memorial service in honor of those that were lost on 9/11. The ceremony will start at 7:30 AM on Saturday, September 11, at Point Lookout Beach.  The service will feature an ice sculpture of the World Trade Center and a shield representing reach protective serviced affected on that day. Those in attendance will be able to write messages on specially prepared American Flags and place those flags at the base of the ice sculpture. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held at the senior enrichment tent at the Town Park of Lido Beach.

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. We will have 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.

There will be a dedication of a street sign to designate Franklin Avenue as “John W. Perry Avenue”. John grew up at 3859 Franklin Avenue. As an NYPD Officer he responded to the World Trade Center but did not escape the collapse of the buildings. The ceremony will take place at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Grant Avenue. For more information, please call (516) 221-9043.

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 6, 8:00 – Midnight, Recovery Area at Fresh Kills
September 8, 8:00 – Midnight, St. John’s University
September 9, 8:00 – Midnight, Mt. Loretto
September 10, 8:00 – Midnight, Angel’s Circle
September 12, 8:00 – Midnight, St. Clares

On September 11 there will be a service at Angel’s Circle at 4:00 PM.  There will also be memorial service at the Staten Island Memorial St. George at 6:30 PM.

On September 12 there will be a Memorial Mass at 7:00 PM at St. Clares on Staten Island.

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.

September 11: Bearing Witness to History, the Smithsonian exhibit which is dedicated to victims, survivors and rescuers, will open at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center in Pittsburgh, PA, 1212 Smallman Street in Pittsburgh’s Strip District. This exhibit has been traveling to Smithsonian-affiliated museums and encompasses event at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 crash in Shanksville, PA. It features artifacts, still and moving images and recounted stories by witnesses and survivors. There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday, September 11 at 9:45 AM. For more information please call 412-454-6000 or visit www.pghhistory.org.

Shanksville, Flight 93 Memorial Chapel
On September 10, there will be a tribute concert at 7:00 PM. There will be a candlelight vigil for peace at 8:00 PM.

On September 11, there will be an observance ceremony, which will start at 8:00 AM with a presentation of colors ceremony. At 9:00 AM there will be a nondenominational prayer service. At 10:00 there will be a solemn commemoration of the Heroes of Flight 93, followed by a declaration of names and the sounding of the Thunder Bell at 10:06 AM. At 11:00 AM there will be a solemn observance. This will be followed by a tribute concert at 12:00 noon, an interfaith prayer service at 1:00 PM and a tribute concert at 2:00 PM. At 3:00 PM there will be a youth hour, followed by a tribute concert at 4:00 PM. At 5:00 PM there will be a Pontifical High Mass and at 7:00 PM there will be a gathering for reflection. At 8:00 PM there will be a closing of the ceremony with a candlelight vigil ceremony.

On September 12, there will be a Pontifical High Mass.

For more information about any of these events, please call Rev. Alphonse Mascherino at (814) 444-8339. The Flight 93 Memorial Chapel is located at Boulevard of Heroes in Shanksville, PA, their website address is www.flt93memorialchapel.org.

Shanksville to New York -- Ride of the Americas 2004
The 9/11 Rolling Memorial Semi-Truck will lead a procession of motorcycle enthusiasts from Shanksville, PA to New York City. The ride will start at 8:00 AM on September 10 and will arrive around 3:00 PM at Ground Zero on September 11. The proceeds generated by this ride will be used to furnish firefighting equipment and training in South America. If you would like more information, please contact our Ride Director William Hood at 813-391-3717 or visit their website www.rideoftheamericas.com.

Burgettstown, PA
On September 11, the Huggins Family will gather around their flagpole in front of their house for a short ceremony. They will raise a flag to half mast that was given to them in honor of Gregory Saucedo and will say a prayer for all the families that lost someone one on 9/11. They welcome anyone in their community to join them. For more information, please email dhuggins@cobweb.net.

South Carolina
There will be a Remembrance on September 11, from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM in Sun City’s town square by the 9/11 Memorial. The keynote speaker is FBI agent Mike Hagen who will speak on terrorism. For more information, please contact Jeanne Davis at (843) 705-4027.

Washington, DC
The Pentagon is planning a "Patriot Day Observance Memorial Wreath-Laying" at the Arlington National Cemetery on September 11, 2004, from 9:30AM - 10:00AM (please be at the cemetery by 9:00 AM). The ceremony will be at the Arlington National Cemetery-Group Marker for the victims of September 11, 2001. There will be guides at Arlington National Cemetery to direct you to where you can park for the ceremony. Please RSVP by Friday, September 3, to Commander Dave Julian at david.julian@osd.mil or phone: (703) 697-9283. Let him know how many will be in your group so that they can arrange enough chairs for the ceremony. It is not necessary to provide names or social security numbers, just the number of people in your group.

Other Ways You Can Be Involved

Donate Blood -- California
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.

Adam’s Angels
On the evening of September 10, 2004, Adam’s Angels invites people worldwide to light a candle to remember those that were lost. For more information, please visit www.adamsangels.org.

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.

Tea Across America
The Shelley A. Marshall Foundation is a charity that was established in honor of a woman killed at the Pentagon. They are coordinating “Tea Across America, 2004” in which private citizens can host tea parties for seniors in nursing homes across the country. To find out about existing tea parties or start one of your own, please visit their website at www.shelleysfoundation.org. If you have questions, please contact Donn Marshall at 703-3607 or email sheldfoundation@aol.com.

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.