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August 1, 2005

September 11, 2005: Commemoration Activities and Memorials

Each year, Families of September 11 (FOS11) generates a list of memorial events and commemoration activities occurring around the country in honor of 9/11 and those who were lost. Some events are organized by public officials; others are small ceremonies in communities of families who were directly affected. Below, you'll see our initial list of events, which can also be viewed on our website's event calendar: http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/eventlist.aspx.

Let us know about 9/11 memorial and commemoration activities that are being organized in your community. As we receive additional information on other events, we will add them to our event calendar and send out an additional email. At the same time, we'd like to know if there are memorials in your town or nearby -- nothing that commemorates the event is too small to be included. Send your commemoration event information (location, time, date, email, phone, etc.) or information about the 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.

National or Multistate
One Day's Pay
This nonprofit grassroots movement seeks to establish 9/11 as a voluntary day of service, charity and compassion. Join thousands of others who are taking the One Day's Pay pledge to observe 9/11 this year by helping others in need -- volunteer, give blood, make a donation to a charity, give something away, or just help friend, neighbor or relative. It's entirely up to you. Visit www.onedayspay.org for more information.

StoryCorps enables you to record your memories of those lost on 9/11 and preserve these stories at the Library of Congress for generations to come. On July 12, 2005, StoryCorps expanded to include a second booth at the World Trade Center site. This booth will serve as a place where survivors and families of 9/11 victims can come to record their memories and stories. Participants can also visit the soundproof recording booth in Grand Central Terminal to record with an interview partner. Those who live outside the New York City area are encouraged to rent a storykit (which may be available for free). For information on how to set up your appointment and more information on how this works, please log on to this password protected website created just for Family Members: www.storycorps.net/wtc. The password is 'remember'. Call (646) 723-7027 to make an appointment.

Cycling Forward 2005
For its 2005 fundraiser, Beyond the 11th will sponsor this bike ride from Ground Zero in NYC to Boston, MA, on Friday, September 9, to Sunday, September 11, 2005. In 2004, they raised over $150,000 and they hope to surpass that this year. All money raised will benefit widows affected by war and terrorism in Afghanistan. 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. Due to popular demand, Beyond the 11th has added lots of riding options to the 2005 fundraiser to accommodate all cycling abilities from the avid cyclist to the recreational rider. You may join them for the entire ride or for part of the way from Ground Zero in NYC to Boston, MA. To register for the event or to learn more about the different cycling options, please visit
http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?event_id=1203691. To learn more about Beyond the 11th, visit www.beyondthe11th.org or call 781-235-2229.

Torches Across America
Torches Across America is a motorcycle ride for all American motorcycle riders who want to show their respect to our fellow American's who lost their lives and to the family's who lost their loved ones on that sad morning of September 11, 2001. We are also going to rally support for the men and women in our armed forces. Torches Across America is not a ride for any charity, it is a ride from our hearts and to show our pride for the freedom we have living in this great country. Torches across America will take about a week and will start on the West Coast. You can ride the whole trip, just through your state, or a few miles when it comes in your area. For more information, including ride route, please visit www.torchesacrossamerica.com.

San Francisco -- Run to Remember 9/11
The race, which is being presented by Fidelity Investments, benefits 9/11 charities, Team Bingham, and the Tom Burnett Foundation. The race, which will be held on September 11, 2005, at 8:00AM, is intended to honor and remember the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001. Throughout the event, participants will have an opportunity to recall memories, share stories and feelings, and help the world never forget what happened on that important day. The 10K race is open to runners. The 5K race is open to all levels of runners and walkers. Online registration is now available at the Run to Remember Web site at www.r2r911.org. For more information, call the Run to Remember Hotline at (415) 409-5900.

San Francisco – 9/11 Memorial Motorcycle Parade and Fund Raiser
In memory of 9/11 victims, police, firefighters, families and friends, there will be a 9/11 memorial motorcycle parade on Saturday, September 17, 2005. This event is open to all motorcyclists, bikers, police officers, firefighters, EMT's, and Public Servants. Bring your motorcycle, police car, police bike, ambulance or fire truck. There is no registration fee but please be prepared to make a $10 donation to the "SFPD Widows and Orphans Fund" at the beginning of the parade. Participants should meet at Dudley Perkins HD, 123 So.Van Ness, San Francisco, Saturday, September 17, 2005, at noon. Share a moment of silence under the extremely large 50 by 30 foot American flag. This is simply a support ride to show strength, solidarity, and unity against terrorism. For more information, visit http://home.netcom.com/~nitrosmi/parade.htm or email Nitrosmi@sonic.net.

Westport -- Connecticut's 9/11 Living Memorial

Connecticut's 9/11 Living Memorial stands as a tribute to the individuals who lost their lives on September 11. Individuals who had lives filled with goals, hopes, and plans for the future. Connecticut's Memorial reflects these endeavors through a creatively designed landscape on the beautiful shores of Long Island Sound. The design incorporates the endurance of granite, the sheltering beauty of trees, and the tranquility of the sea. It offers visitors peace and strength to draw upon in their healing. The Memorial's nine-foot polished granite stone monument reads, "The citizens of Connecticut dedicate this living memorial to the thousands of innocent lives lost on September 11, 2001 and to the families who loved them." Governor Rowland dedicated the Memorial at a solemn one-year anniversary observance in honor of the victims of September 11. Connecticut law now calls for a "Day of Remembrance" on September 11. Annual memorial events are planned at the site, which is located at Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, CT 06880.  For more information contact cthelps@po.state.ct.us or visit http://www.cthelps.state.ct.us or http://www.ctwoodlands.org.

Hancock -- 2nd Annual 9/11 Memorial Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show
This event will feature a 9/11 memorial service with patriotic music, police, fire, rescue and military personnel recognition ceremony plus trophies for the top 50 cars, trucks and bikes plus specialty awards. Food and drinks served on site. A memorial service will be held at noon and awards presented at 3:00PM. Admission is $10 day of show. All makes and models are welcome. Bring your American flag and spirit! This event will be held on September 10, 2005, at the gun club grounds in Hancock, MD, off US 40 and MD 144 West. For more information, please visit http://maia58-70.tripod.com/id46.html.

Natick -- Community Service
A community service of "Remembrance, Hope and Healing: Let Peace Begin With Me" will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2005, 7:00PM at Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church, 106 Walnut Street, Natick, Massachusetts. A reception will follow the service. For more information, call (508) 653-1674 or email fiskumc@@aol.com.

New Jersey
North Wildwood -- Commemoration
The fourth annual commemoration of 9/11 will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2005, at 8:56AM at the North Wildwood City Hall Grounds, 901 Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260. For more information, please call (609) 522-7722.

New York
Buffalo -- Flag Remembrance Tribute
Families in Western New York are organizing a Flag Remembrance Tribute that will be displayed in Delaware Park, Buffalo, NY, from September 9 through the 13. There will be a candlelight vigil on September 9 to open the tribute and a memorial ceremony on the morning of September 11 at which all the names will be read.
Please contact Kathleen A Lynch at kalmrm@adelphia.net if you are interested in participating.

New York City -- NYC Remembers
NYC Remembers will be a week-long observance, beginning Saturday, September 10, 2005, marked by thousands of people throughout the area, along with businesses and other organizations, honoring those who gave so much on 9/11 by giving something back themselves through voluntary expressions of service and charity. One Day's Pay hopes to make NYC Remembers the single largest exhibit of volunteerism and charity in the city's history. For more information, contact David Paine at One Day's Pay at (212) 613-4979 or dpaine@painepr.com.

New York City -- Voices of September 11 Information Forum and Commemorative Luncheon
Voices of September 11 invites you to its annual Information Forum and Commemorative Luncheon to mark the Fourth Anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Both events will be held at the Marriott Financial Center Hotel, 85 West Street, New York City adjacent to the WTC site. The Information Forum, which is open to September 11 families, survivors, and rescue workers, will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2005, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The Forum will include an opportunity for attendees to meet with various service providers. Panel discussions will be held on related social, psychological, financial and legal issues to help meet the ongoing needs of all those affected by September 11. Again, we will provide break out sessions to connect parents, siblings, adult children, spouses, recovery workers, spouses of recovery workers and extended family members with each other. This year, children's activities will be available during Saturday's Information Forum.

The Commemorative Luncheon for the families of September 11 victims will be held Sunday, September 11, 2005, from 12:00 noon to 3:00PM, immediately following the Commemorative Events. In order to accommodate the large number of family members, we will have two dining rooms. The cost is $35 per adult and $15 per child. Space is limited and reservations are required. An updated schedule of events for both September 10 and 11 will be posted on the VOICES website, www.voicesofsept11.org. Rooms have been reserved at the Marriott Financial Center Hotel at a reduced rate of $179 and are available on a first-come first-served basis. To make reservations call 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the special VOICES rate.

New York City -- Interfaith Memorial Service
The New York Jewish Healing Center of Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services invites you to join them at the "Interfaith Memorial Service: Remembering Those Who Died on 9/11/01" on Sunday, September 11, 2005, 7:00PM-8:15 PM at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 West 68th Street, New York City. For more information, please call Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub, LMSW, at 212-399-2320 ext. 215.

New York City -- Memorial Concert
The British Memorial Garden Trust is hosting a memorial concert on Sunday, September 11, 2005, at the New York City Police Museum, 100 Old Slip, New York. For more information, visit www.britishmemorialgarden.org/events.html.

New York City -- Search & Rescue and Service Dog Day
Join Families of September 11 (FOS11) at this event that will recognize heroes of the two- and four-legged variety as well as showcase all kinds of service dogs from guide and therapy to military, customs and companion dogs with an emphasis on Search and Rescue Dogs & Federal Service K-9s. The event is hosted by the Bear Search and Rescue Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to provide training, equipping, and transport of both canine and non-canine SAR teams across the country and to provide health care to all search and rescue (SAR) K-9s that worked at Ground Zero and the Pentagon after the 9/11 disaster. The event, which will feature a keynote speech by primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, will be held at the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, NYC Harbor Pier 86 (46th St.), on September 17, 2005, from 10:00AM-5:00AM. For more information, visit www.bearsearchandrescue.org.

North Carolina
Hickory -- Memorial Service
There will be a memorial service down in Hickory, North Carolina, on September 11, 2005. If anyone would like more information, please contact Dorothy Tracchi at tracchi!@aol.com or call her at (732) 297-0759.

Medina – 9/11 Ride to Pentagon
There will be a motorcycle ride to the Pentagon to honor those lost on September 11. This ride will be held on Friday, September 9, 2005, at 8:00AM to Sunday, September 11, 2005. Participants will ride from Medina, OH, to Washington, DC. For more information contact either Angelo Carile at 440-376-1500 or John "KIKS" Kikol at 440-327-6966, kiksharley@aol.com.

Corvallis -- 9/11 Memorial Tapestry and Concert

The tragedy of September 11, 2001, is a moment in history most of us will not forget. To many artists from around the world, the emotions of this time have taken on texture, shape, and color as they participate in creating a collaborative art piece. This piece, called the 9/11 Memorial Tapestry, was conceived by a Pasadena tapestry weaver, Monique Lehman. The piece has been traveling around the world and has been shown all over the United States and in Italy and Poland. From August 18 to September 17, 2005, this traveling exhibit will be on display in the Main Gallery of ArtCentric, home of Corvallis Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon. ArtCentric is its first Northwest venue, thanks in large part to the Corvallis Handweavers and Spinners Guild. On Sunday, September 11, 2005, at 4:00PM, ArtCentric will present a musical performance by the a cappella group Absolute and special guests. Their performance will include an original song, written by member Julie Williams, which was inspired by the images of September 11. Call (541) 754-1551 or email victoria@artcentric.org for more information.

Shanksville -- Flight 93 Memorial Chapel
A FOS11 member asked us to remind families as they travel this summer to please include the Chapel when they go to the Shanksville crash site. She writes, "The Rev Al Macherino has done a most wonderful job in restoring an old building to a glorious monument for the 40 on Flight 93; my only daughter among them." Visit www.Flt93memorialchapel.org or call (814) 444-1935 (814) 444-8339 for more information.

Mont Alto -- Penn State Mont Alto September 11 Memorial Planting
The Forestry Club wanted to honor the tragic events of 9/11 in the form of a living memorial. These trees were dedicated in memory of lives lost and there is nothing quite like it on campus. The planting is special because it was initiated by a student group and the plants selected were chosen to offer a bloom all year long. The diversity of the plants represents that lives were lost all over the world. The Forestry Club intends to hold a ceremony on the anniversary of 9/11 each year at 1 Campus Drive, Mont Alto, Pennsylvania, 17237. For more information, email eab8@psu.edu.

Washington, DC
9/11 Ride to Pentagon
There will be a motorcycle ride to the Pentagon to honor those lost on September 11. This ride will be held on Friday, September 9, 2005, at 8:00AM to Sunday, September 11, 2005. Participants will ride from Medina, OH, to Washington, DC. For more information contact either Angelo Carile at 440-376-1500 or John "KIKS" Kikol at 440-327-6966, kiksharley@aol.com.