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August 27, 2003

Dear Families:

On September 11, 2002, at the moment the World Trade Center attacks began one year before, choirs in New Zealand started to sing Mozart’s prayer for the dead and the dying – his Requiem.  As they finished their tribute, choirs in the next time zone picked it up, adding their voices and circling the globe.  Each musician and many audience members wore a badge over his or her heart bearing the name of one who perished.

Mozart’s last and finest work rang out for 24 hours as 201 choirs in 28 countries and 48 American states opened their hearts and voices in commemoration.  We called it the Rolling Requiem.  It was the sole worldwide tribute on the first anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies.

Over 25,000 singers and musicians participated in this event, and many choirs sent us the heart badges worn by their members, so that we could pass them along to you.  We plan to send these to you within the next few weeks.  Because these are unique and cannot be replicated, we only have the capability to provide one envelope per family.

Notice to World Trade Center Families:  If your family member was at the World Trade Center and you do not wish to receive the heart badges, please let us know, via email no later than Monday, September 1, 2003.  The email address is http://www.madeline@rollingrequiem.org.  

Notice to Pentagon and Flight 93 Families:  If your family member was at the Pentagon or on Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, we need your mailing address.  Please send it to http://madeline@rollingrequiem.org. We will only use your address to send you an envelope with the heart badges.  After that, we will not share it with anyone.  Instead, we will delete it from our system. 

If you know have contact information with families of the Pentagon or Flight 93 tragedies, please tell us how to reach them.  They may be able to help us connect with all of the families to let them know that we have heart badges for them.

It is our hope that you will find comfort in knowing that many, many people throughout the world mourned your loss and raised their voices in song one year ago.  Many also shared their stories of hope and healing at our website, http://www.rollingrequiem.org.   We invite you to visit it if you are moved to do so.

Sincerely,

Madeline Johnson, Chairwoman for the Members of the Rolling Requiem Committee
From Seattle, Washington