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August 28, 2003

Commemorative Events for September 11th - Fall 2003

Please review the following list of state-by-state and international commemoration memorial activities being planned to honor the victims of the September 11th attacks.  This document was created with the help of many Families of September 11 members.  We thank the membership for their assistance and support.

Note:  Some of the information provided is not complete.  We will update the details of the different activities as we receive notice.  If you have additional event information, please e-mail FOS11 at ppanzner@familiesofseptember11.org or call 212-575-1878.  Thank you for your continued support.

Nationwide
September 11, 2003
There will be a moment of silence at 8:46 AM nationwide to mark when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center.  Houses of worship are encouraged to toll their bells at 8:46 AM.

California
September 10th – 11th, 2003 Sacramento, CA
There will be a special meeting in Sacramento to commemorate the second anniversary of September 11th.  It will convene on September 10th at 3:30PM and will conclude the following afternoon at 4:00PM.  There will be two anniversary events at the Holiday Inn, Capitol Plaza in Sacramento.  One will be a private memorial for family members and survivors, and the other a public anniversary memorial.  Families are invited to attend both if they choose.  The hotel address is 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA.  The CA Victims Compensation Board will cover travel expenses for this event.  For hotel reservations, please call the Holiday Inn directly at 916-446-0100 and indicate you are with the CA VCB.  The deadline for hotel rooms is August 25th, and if you need airline reservations, please contacts Joyce Brooks at 916-322-2037.  For more information and to participate, please contact Anita Ahuja, Executive Liaison of the CA VCB at 916-445-8452 or e-mail her at http://www.aahuja@boc.ca.gov.  If you would like to join the CA VCB mailing list, please contact Hilda Prado at 916-327-0850.

Illinois
September 11, 2003, Naperville, IL
A memorial ceremony will take place downtown at the Riverwalk behind the Municipal Building, on Eagle Street.  The service will unveil a memorial made from a beam from the WTC, limestone from the Pentagon and rubble from the crash in PA. The memorial is dedicated to all of those lost on September 11th, and there will be a special tribute to Dan Shanower, a former Naperville resident, who lost his life while working at the Pentagon.  Please contact the Mayor’s office of the City of Naperville at 630-420-6018 or the Naperville City Hall at 630-420-6707.

September 12, 2003, Chicago, IL
Alex Loutsky, a New York Firefighter and EMT will be the guest for the evening and will introduce the speaker as well as share his experiences as a “first responder” at the WTC.  The program will be broadcast online.  The event is sponsored by the Chicago Bible Students Association.  For information and online registration please go to www.wherewasgodon911.com.

Maryland
September 11, 2003, Bladensburg, MD
There will be a Candlelight Ceremony, with remarks by local officials to remember the victims and heroes of September 11.  It starts at 6:30 PM, please bring a candle.  For more information, leave a message for Carole at (301) 779-4265 or email at www.hamm0161@yahoo.com.

Massachusetts
September 11, 2003, Ritz Carlton, Boston, MA
The Second Anniversary Commemoration of the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund will be held at the Ritz Carlton. 
The Program will be as follows:
8:30AM  9/11 Family gathering and breakfast at 8:30AM
10:00AM Symbolic Groundbreaking at Public Garden Memorial site at 10:00AM (with invited dignitaries: Senator Kennedy, Governor Romney, and Mayor Menino).  Music will be featured as well as an Honor Guard to display colors.  There will be one potted plant for each Massachusetts individual lost that day.  Families may take home a plant.  Families will also do readings and read the names of Massachusetts families.
11:15AM  Buffet luncheon will be served at the Ballroom of the Ritz Carlton.  
12:45PM Madeline Amy Sweeney Civilian Award for Bravery
 Families proceed from Family Gathering Space to Statehouse
 Ceremony at House Chamber
 Reception at Great Hall, State House
3:00PM Families arrive at Family Gathering Space, retrieve belongings, leave at their leisure.

For more information about this event, please contact LaNitra Webb, Executive Assistant, MA 9/11 Fund, by phone at  617-310 6211 or e-mail her at webbl@gtlaw.com.

September 11, 2003, Chestnut Hill, MA
There will be a dedication of the Memorial Labyrinth for lost alumni of Boston College (Commonwealth Avenue).  This may be intended just for the Boston College community.  However, for information, please call Diane Fahey or Rose Mary Donahue art 671-552-3250.

September 11, 2003, Boston, MA
Boston Bands Together performance at the ROXY (Musicians John Troy, Tom Hambridge and the Wreckage, Charlie Farren and Farrenheir and Jon Butcher will all perform).  All of the live and silent auction proceeds will support the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center.  General admission is $25.00 tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 617-931-2000.

September 11, 2003, Natick MA 
A Community Service of “Hope, Remembrance and Prayer” will be held at 6:00 AM at the Fisk Memorial United Methodist Church, 106 Walnut Street, Natick.  A continental breakfast and reception will follow the service.  There will be a firefighter’s prayer and lighting of candles.  If you are interested in more information, please contact Debi Henry at 978-579-7901.

New Jersey
September 11, 2003, Pennsauken, NJ
There will be a Pennsauken’s “We Shall Never Forget: Memorial.”  The walkways around the memorial will be paved by signed pavers.  For more information, please call the Mayor of Pennsauken, Bill Orth at 856-663-5542.

September 11, 2003, Stirling, NJ
There will be a Mass for family members at St. Joseph’s Shrine, at 8:00 AM.  No media, please.

September 12, 2003, New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University is hosting the “Forging Memorial Art for Public Memory Symposium and Exhibition,” at the Alexander Library, at 1:00PM (Speakers will present at this time).  The exhibition opening and reception will be held at 5:00PM.  The event will analyze the issues of creating memorial art from a variety of perspectives and will highlight some recent works of memorial art that successfully addressed these challenges.  To RSVP, send an e-mail to event@rci.rutgers.edu or call 732-932-7505.  Space is limited so early reservations are advised.

September 23, 2003, Newark, NJ
There will be a Voices of Inspiration concert at the Performing Arts Center of Newark.  This commemorative concert will feature stars of the music world performing with young victims and survivors of September 11th.  The concert is a part of a documentary project that was created to demonstrate the healing power of music.  For more information please contact Eileen Mandell at 914-328-8589 or Eileen@fof.org.

New York
September 6, 2003, New York City, NY, Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Search and Rescue and Service Dog Day will be presented by The Intrepid, Air, Sea and Space Museum and the Bear Search and Rescue Foundation.  The museum will be showcasing the talents of search and rescue dogs.  The federal agency uses dogs for military. Therapy, vision impaired assistance, cancer sniffing, arson, and other service dogs.

September 7, 2003, Haverstraw, NY
Rockland County will dedicate a new memorial garden/park on Haverstraw Bay on the Hudson River.  Please call Nancy Baker in Scott Vanderhoef, Rockland County Executive’s Office for details, at 845-638-5495 or bakerna@co.rockland.ny.us.

September 9, 2003, New York City, NY
“Something to Remember Us”, screening with a wine and cheese reception.  The reception will start at 6:45 PM and the screening will start at 7:30 PM at The loft, 548 Broadway, 3rd Floor (between Prince St. and Spring St.).  The film is the story of Gwen Loiacono, the creator of America’s first 9-11 Remembrance Flag.  The documentary traces the flag from its creation to its journey from Wilmington, NC to families of the victims of 9-11.  Interviews with victim family members, NYC firefighters and members of 9-11 support groups provide testimonials of the comfort the Remembrance Flag has provided, while at the same time relaying their own experiences dealing with the tragedy.

September 10, 2003, New York City, NY
September 11th Families for a Peaceful Tomorrow is planning a candlelight procession for the evening and night of September 10th to commemorate and honor those lost on September 11th.  It will be a silent candlelight procession and will not include speeches, signs or politics of any kind.  The procession is open to everyone, not just family members and will begin at Union Square Park at approximately 7:30 PM (arrival at 7:00 is recommended).  The procession will proceed to Ground Zero, where the participants will encircle the site and end by leaving the candles beneath the names.  Additional Peaceful Tomorrows Circle of Hope Events can be viewed on their calendar at (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, and International Locations): http://www.peacefultomorrows.org/activistcms/calendar.php.

September 10, 2003, 9:11 PM – Staten Island and throughout the USA
LIGHT UP THE USA.  St. Clare’s WTC Outreach of Staten Island asks everyone who wishes, to stand in front of their homes with a lit candle and for local churches to chime their bells for a few moments at this time.  The Towers of Light ceremonies will be smaller versions of what New York City had at Ground Zero.  There will be seven nights of light ending on 9-11.  September 5, 2003, 7:30PM Memorial Mass, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at St. Clare’s.  September 6, 2003, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at Mt. Loretto.  September 7, 2003, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at Fresh Kills Recovery Area.  September 8, 2003, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at Rescue 5.  September 9, 2003, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at Wagner College.  September 10, 2003, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at the Staten Island WTC Memorial.  September 11, 2003, 6:00 – 12:00 AM Towers of Light at Angel’s Circle.  For more information please contact Dennis McKeon at http://www.mckeond@att.com.

September 11, 2003, New York City, NY
New York’s City Hall has developed the following plans for the September 11th Ground Zero commemoration.  The program and timing will be similar to last year; the area will open at approximately 7:30AM and the ceremony will begin at 8:48AM (lasting up to 3 hours.).    Priority will be given to the families of those who died on September 11th but public access will also be permitted as space allows.  Information about access, transportation and other logistics for the day will be disseminated to the families through the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit.  Please visit the following website for additional information http://www.nyc.gov/mediaadvisory.

September 11, 2003, New York City, NY, Ground Zero
7:00AM  Guests gather at the site
8:30 Ceremony begins with the introduction of a Citywide moment of silence
8:46  Moment of silence to mark the time when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. 
Houses of worship will toll their bells throughout the City.  Introduction of the reading of the names, children will begin reading the names in pairs (each reading 14 names).  Family members may begin to descend ramp to lay flowers at the lowest level of the World Trade Center site.
9:03 Moment of silence to mark the time when the second plane hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
9:59 Moment of Silence in observance of the fall of the South Tower.
10:29 Moment of Silence in observance of the fall of the North Tower.
 Reading of names continues and music resumes.
 Taps performed by two trumpeters (NYPD and FDNY)
 Final music performance
12:00PM Ceremony ends
Note to family members: The mayor’s office will be sending a letter to families about how to request that their children be considered to read the names of the victims.  All names will be placed in a lottery that will be held the first week of September.  The children selected will be notified.  All City Hall questions, submissions, etc. related to the 9/11 Second Anniversary should be e-mailed to http://www.Cferer@cityhall.nyc.gov

September 11, 2003, New York City, NY
The Tribute in Light will be lit for one night starting at sundown.

September 11, 2003, New York City, NY
The Good Shepard Church located in upper Manhattan on Isham Street will dedicate a Memorial Garden outside the church that includes a Steel Cross (steel from the WTC), a statue of the Good Shepard and a fountain.  Inside the garden there will be 18 stones in honor of Inwood victims lost on September 11th.  A Mass will also be held.

September 11 – 14, 2003, New York City, NY
Corey Gammil, the organizer of the “United in Memory Quilt” has obtained Pier 94 (12th Avenue and 55th Street) for the showing of the entire quilt.  This is a quilt that has a square for everyone lost on 9/11.  The hours for viewing the quilt are between 9:00AM and 5:00PM.  To learn more about the quilt and the process of creating it, please visit the http://www.unitedinmemory.net/index1.htm.

September 11, 2003, New York City, NY
Art for Heart is holding an event for any children who lost a parent in the 1993 bombing or the 9-11-01 terrorist attack.  All families are invited to participate in this communal art project, arranged by the LMDC. The project will take place at various locations: West Orange, NJ; East Hills, NY; and New York City.  Each family will be able to paint on a square of canvas that will later be sewn together for a traveling exhibition.  Please call (212) 962-2300 ext. 280 and leave your name, number of people and location you wish to attend. Or you can contact kmillea@renewnyc.com for more information.

September 11, 2003, New York City, NY
Voices of September 11th and WTC United Family Group will host a Commemorative Luncheon.  It will be held at the Marriot Financial Center Hotel, 85 West Street from 12:30PM – 4:00 PM.  Families and survivors from the Oklahoma City bombing will be there to offer peer support as a part of the Second Annual WTC United Family Group/MIPT Sept.11/September 11th Family Exchange Program.  Reservations are necessary and space is limited, so please RSVP to Voices at (203) 966-3911.

September 11, 2003, New York City, NY
Voices of September 11th will host a 9/11 Commemorative Luncheon on September 11th, following the commemorative service.  The luncheon will be held at the Marriot Financial Center Hotel, 85 West Street, NY, NY, from approximately 12:30PM to 4:00PM.  Information about 9/11 related issues will be provided.  Families and survivors from the Oklahoma City bombing will be in attendance to offer their peer support and friendship as part of the Second Annual WTC United Family Group/MIPT September 11/September 11th Family Exchange program.  Reservations are necessary and space is limited.  For more information, please contact the Voices of September 11th office at 203-966-3911.  In addition, the group has secured 80 hotel rooms at the Marriot Financial Center Hotel at a rate of $199 per night.  It is located at 85 West Street, 1½ blocks south of the WTC.  You may contact the hotel directly by calling 1-800-288-9290 or 212-385-4900 – make sure to mention the Voices of September 11th when you make your room reservation.

September 11, 2003, Staten Island, NY
September Commemoration at Historic Richmond Town:  There will be a program of art and music offered by the Staten Island Historical Society, which operates Historic Richmond Town, a living history village and museum complex.  The Historical Museum will be open with free admission from 1:00 – 5:00 PM.  A string Ensemble from the Staten Island Chamber Music Players will perform from 2:00 – 4:30 PM.  The exhibit ‘Indelible Memories: September 11 Memorial Tattoos’, photographed by Vinnie Amesse, will be open.  The exhibit features 55 men and women who have memorialized loved ones and co-workers with a tattoo.

September 11, 2003 Albany, NY
A remembrance ceremony will be held on the East Steps of the State Capital.  The event will be presided over by Lt. Governor Mary Donohue and Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings and will have music, reflections on the victims and a brief interfaith ceremony.  The “Wreath of Remembrance” will be presented at the ceremony.  It will then become a permanent exhibit at the World Trade Center Exhibition.

September 11, 2003, Amherst, NY
There will be memorial ceremony in Amherst honoring the victims of September 11th.  The memorial has a round seating area surrounded by a concrete ribbon path, a 60’ flag pole, and rubble with buried dirt from Ground Zero.  In addition, there is a memorial grove with 120 trees dedicated to victims and organizations.  The ceremony will take place at 3:00 PM to honor both the victims of 9-11 and the service men and women who are at war.   For more information, please contact Leonard Castrianno at 716-626-4265 or lencastrianno@msn.com.

September 14, 2003, Nyack, NY
There will be a Concert for Remembrance at 4:00PM, at the Grace Episcopal Church, 130 First Avenue, Nyack, NY.  This is a free concert; all are welcome, performed by members of major New York City orchestras with a reception to mingle and to meet the artists to follow the concert.  For more information please call Alison Crowther at 845-353-6339.

September 28, 2003, New York City
Show your love; carry your flag at the 2nd annual “We Remember Walk”, from Battery Park to the Word Trade Center site.  Participants will assemble at 2:00 PM and the walk begins at 3:00 PM.  Please join us in New York City as United Flights 93 and 175, American Airlines Flights 11 & 77, Pentagon Families, World Trade Center Families and survivors come together for the ‘We Remember Walk”.  Let’s support those who suffered the most by carrying our flags for the country we live as they carry the photos of those we lost but forever remember.  Please call 888-434-4685 for more information or www.Prayamericapray.us

Staten Island: Towers of Light ceremonies
These ceremonies will be smaller versions of what New York City had at Ground Zero.  There will be seven nights of light ending on September 11, 2003.  September 5, 7:30PM Memorial Mass, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at St. Clare.  September 6, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at Mt. Loretto.  September 7, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light location TBD.  September 8, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at Rescue 5.  September 9, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at Wagner College.  September 10, 8:00 – 11:00 PM Towers of Light at the Staten Island WTC Memorial.  September 11, 6:00 – 12:00 AM Towers of Light at Angel’s Circle.  For more information please contact Dennis McKeon at mckeond@att.com.

Virginia
August 31, 2003, Arlington, VA
Show your love; carry your flag at the 2nd annual “We Remember Walk”, from The Iowa Jima (Marine) Memorial to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.  Assemble at 2:00 PM and the walk begins at 3:00 PM.  Please join us in Arlington, VA as United Flights 93 and 175, American Airlines Flights 11 & 77, Pentagon Families, World Trade Center Families and survivors come together for the ‘We Remember Walk”.  Let’s support those who suffered the most by carrying our flags for the country we live as they carry the photos of those we lost but forever remember.  Please call 888-434-4685 for more information or www.Prayamericapray.us

International Events

United Kingdom
September 11, 2003, London, England
A Memorial Garden in Grosvenor Square will be dedicated to the victims of the September 11th attacks.  The ceremony is coordinated nut the Department for Culture, Media and Sport of the UK government.  Attendance is by invitation only.