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September 2, 2005

September 11, 2005: Commemoration Activities and Memorials

Each year, 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 latest list of more than 50 events in 15 states (in alphabetical order by state and then city), in addition to several organizations that are sponsoring activities nationwide. FOS11 will update this list once more and send it out the week before September 11, 2005; in the meantime, check our event calendar for updates.

Send your memorial and 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 Multi-State Events

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
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. In commemoration of the fourth anniversary of September 11, StoryCorps will have extended hours on September 10 and September 11 at the World Trade Center StoryBooth, located on the concourse level of the PATH Station. This booth will serve as a place where survivors and families of 9/11 victims can come to record their memories and stories. The hours for those days will be from 9:30AM-7:30PM, each interview appointment takes one hour. The StoryBooth at Grand Central Terminal will also be open, operating on a normal schedule. 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 646-723-7025 or email Tracy Serdjenian at tracy@storycorps.net to make an appointment.

The September Project
The September Project is a collection of people, groups, and organizations working to create a day of engagement, a day of conversation, and a day of democracy. All individuals, organizations, and libraries are encouraged to participate and plan events on September 11, on the weekend of September 11, or throughout the month of September. Through talks, roundtables, and performances, people will share ideas about democracy, citizenship, and patriotism. The September Project is devoted to making this happen annually and internationally. To find out more, please visit www.theseptemberproject.org.

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 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.


California

Marin -- ACCESS Hearts, Clubs and Aces Charity Event
There will be a charity event on Friday, September 9, 2005, to benefit ACCESS (AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services), which provides long-term bereavement care to those who have lost loved ones in air disaster related tragedies, including the families who lost loved ones on 9/11, both aboard aircraft and on the ground, in the Pentagon and WTC. The proceeds of this tournament will enable ACCESS to provide its peer to peer counseling services to those who have lost loved ones and train our new Volunteer Grief Mentors, many of whom lost loved ones on 9/11 and will be attending the upcoming training program in NYC on September 24 and 25. Come join ACCESS for a spectacular day of golf, a cocktail party and dinner with a poker twist at the Stone Tree Golf Club. If you are not a golfer come eat, drink and mingle at the fun filled cocktail party and dinner filled with sensational auction surprises following the exciting day on the greens. To register, visit www.accesshelp.org.

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.


Connecticut
Greenwich -- Greenwich 9/11 Memorial Event
There will be a memorial ceremony on Sunday, September 11, 2005, 9:00AM at Town Hall, Greenwich, CT. For more information, contact Brook Urban at 203-869-8444, ext. 111 or email urbanbro@usa.redcross.org.

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 www.cthelps.state.ct.us or www.ctwoodlands.org.


Indiana
Muncie -- 9/11 Memorial Service
There will be a candlelight memorial service on Sunday, September 11, at 6:30PM at the Elm Ridge Memorial Park. The service will include words by a well-known local minister, the sheriff, fire chief, the Director of Indiana Homeland Security, and a choir highlighting the song "Light a Candle," written about 9/11. For more information, contact Carrie Phelps, Director of Community Relations, Indiana Memorial Group at 765-288-5061 or email cphelps@futuragroup.com.


Kentucky
Paducah -- 9/11 Remembrance and Emergency Worker Appreciation
We will remember the events of 9/11 and honor those who place themselves in harms way to protect us. A retired Colonel will speak and a video tribute to 9/11, our troops and local heroes will be shown. This memorial will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2005 at the Lone Oak Church of Christ, 2960 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42003. For more information, call 270-554-2511 or email mitchcovington@bellsouth.net.


Louisiana
Lake Charles -- Dedication of 9/11 Memorial
The 9/11 memorial dedication will be on Sunday, September 11, 2005, 6:00PM at Bord du Lac Drive. For more information, contact Carol St. Dizier at 337-491-1388.


Maryland
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.


Massachusetts
Boston -- Commemoration and Madeline Amy Sweeney Award Ceremony

This event will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2005, at the Massachusetts House Chambers, State House in Boston. At 8:30AM, there will be a Flag Lowering and Moment of Silence at the Massachusetts State House Lawn, Boston, presided over by Governor Mitt Romney. This will be followed at 10AM by the Commemoration Program, which will include a reading of the names of those victims with ties to Massachusetts and will be presided over by Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey. At 10:30AM, the Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery will be awarded. At 11:30AM, there will be a luncheon for families only (the other events are open to the public). For more information, contact David Hastings of the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund at 617-482-8150 or david.hastings@massfund.org.

Longmeadow -- First Church September 11 Memorial Service and Volunteer Activities
On September 11, 2005, First Church will once again participate in One Day's Pay, a program that had the idea of establishing September 11 as a day of national service rather than a traditional holiday. The One Day's Pay initiative invites people and organizations to visit www.onedayspay.org to make free, non-binding pledges to engage in personal or organized acts of service of some nature on or around 9/11. As we did last year, First Church is not only endorsing the mission of One Day's Pay, we are also organizing a day of activities with a number of important community service groups with which we have established relationships to allow members and friends an opportunity to directly participate in charitable acts of kindness. The Memorial Service will be from 8:30-9:00AM, followed later by the regular Sunday Worship Service at 10AM. At 9AM and 11AM, there will various opportunities to participate in local charitable and volunteer activities, including Habitat for Humanity, Food Bank, A Better Chance Housing Rebuilding, Council on Aging, blood donations to the Red Cross, and more. Sign up at church on Sunday mornings, or call 413-567-6287, for advance planning purposes.

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.

Newton -- 4th Annual 9-11 Event to Benefit Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront is holding a benefit concert featuring musical guests James Montgomery, Charlie Farren and Foxpass. The concert will be on Saturday, September 10, 2005, and will be held at The Attic, 107 R. Union Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459.  For more information, visit www.operationhomefront.net/southernnewengland or email ri@operationhomefront.net for tickets.


Michigan
Battle Creek -- 9/11 Memorial
There will be a 9/11 memorial on Sunday September 11, 2005, from 1:00PM to 5:00PM at Sam's Club, 12737 Cotton Lake Road. For more information, contact Ronda Giese at 269-962-7528, ext. 224 or email corpservices@net-link.net.

Benton Harbor -- Ride to Remember
There will be a motorcycle ride to honor those lost on 9/11 on Sunday, September 11, 2005, at the Berrien County Red Cross Chapter House, 303 Riverview Drive. The ride will begin at noon (registration begins at 10:00AM). For more information, contact Tom Woltman at 269-925-7456 or Red Cross at 269-927-2288.


New Jersey
Green Brook Township -- 9/11 Memorial Dedication
The Green Brook Township Committee is committed to recognizing September 11 by dedicating a Memorial to this tragic event. This will be constructed entirely from private donations. The 9/11 Memorial will be a contemplative, quiet place where people can escape everyday life and remember those lost that day. It will host a landscaped monument with flowers and benches. The centerpiece of the memorial will be a 9-foot steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center. The memorial dedication will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2005, at 2:00PM at the Top of the World Park. The memorial will contain the names of all who were lost on that day on bronze plaques mounted on a 40-foot wall. For more information about the memorial, call 732-968-1023, ext. 6602

Monmouth County -- Monmouth County 9/11 Memorial Dedication
Monmouth County 9/11 Memorial will be officially dedicated on Sunday September 11, at 2PM at Mt Mitchill in Atlantic Highlands. The memorial is in remembrance of the 148 victims of the WTC and airplane flights who resided in Monmouth County. For more information, visit http://monmouthcounty911memorial.com/index.asp?action=7.

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.

Paterson -- Memorial Mass
There will be a memorial mass on Saturday, September 10, 2005, at 5:00PM at the Lady of the Valley Church, 630 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ. For more information, contact Diane Silbernagel at 973-333-6795 or email dsilbernagel@catholiccharities.org.

Piscataway -- Expressions of 9/11 Resilience
Join "It's for You NJ 9/11" on September 10, 2005, from 10AM-2PM to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Hear inspiring stories from a panel of men and women who represent the many faces of survival. These individuals have used their career and personal life choices as expressions of their resilience. Their stories can be helpful for all of us as we seek ways to move forward in the company of empathetic, inspiring, and forward focused peers. The panel of New Jersey Residents includes: John Gorman, Leslie Hunt, Susan Picarro, Martin Viegas, and Elia Zedeno. Moderated by Theresa Creedon, resilience and change consultant who draws inspiration from her own 9/11 experience. Special live performance by renowned Irish music guitarist Seamus Kelleher. Admission if free but space is limited. RSVP due by September 6. You can RSVP by phone at 1-866-4-U-NJ-911 or by email at 4unj911@umdnj.edu. This free event includes continental breakfast and light lunch. For more information, please visit our website www.4unj911.org. The event will be held at UMDNJ-University, Behavioral HealthCare, 151 Centennial Ave., Piscataway, NJ 08854.

Red Bank -- Empty Sky…the Rising
This evening-length dance/theatre experience created by internationally known choreographer Bob Boross will have its world premiere at the new Two River Theater in Red Bank, NJ, in six performances from September 7-11, 2005. It is inspired by and performed to a soundtrack of eleven songs from rock legend Bruce Springsteen's 2002, 9/11 influenced release, "The Rising." With its message of compassion, and its promise of an eventual reunion with lost loved ones, "Empty Sky…The Rising" encourages its audience to remember and reflect on the events of 9/11. All performances support The Memorial Project, a lasting tribute to victims and survivors of 9/11, located in Highlands, NJ. Performances are at the newly opened Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave, Red Bank, NJ, from September 7-10, 2005, at 8PM and Sunday, September 11, at 3 and 7PM. All seats are $35 and are available from the Two River Theater box office at 732-345-1400, or online at www.trtc.org. For more information, visit www.emptyskytherising.com. For information about The Memorial Project, visit www.memoriaproject.com.


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 -- World Trade Center Site Memorial Ceremony and Remembrance
At this year's memorial ceremony, the names of the victims killed at the World Trade Center will be read aloud by siblings of the victims during this year's commemoration ceremony at Ground Zero on September 11, 2005. The selection for the reading of names will be determined a lottery. In addition, victims' families will be allowed to descend into Ground Zero and gather at the footprints of the twin towers. The ceremony will conclude at noon, but the site will remain open to family members until 4 p.m. Siblings who wish to read names during the ceremony should call 212-442-8953 or email cferer@cityhall.nyc.gov. At sundown, the "Tribute in Light" will return for one night on September 11, in memory of those lost and as a symbol of the spirit of our community. The "Tribute in Light" will be located at a new site this year at West and Morris Streets in Lower Manhattan.

An outline of the commemoration event program is as follows, and more specific details will be released in September approximately one week prior to the event:

Early AM
Program begins
Introduction of statewide moment of silence

8:46 AM
Moment of silence (observance of time first plane struck North Tower)
(Houses of worship will toll their bells throughout the City)
Introduction of the reading of the names.
Siblings begin reading of names in pairs. The names will be read by the siblings of those lost. Each reader will read approximately 14 names. There will be approximately 100 pairs (200 readers) who will continue until all names are read.

8:47 AM
Families may begin to descend ramp to the lowest level of the site.

9:03 AM
Moment of silence (observance of time second plane struck South Tower)
Reading of names continues/music resumes

9:59 AM
Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the South Tower)
Reading of names continues/music resumes

10:29 AM
Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the North Tower)
Reading of names continues/music resumes
Reading of names concludes
Taps performed by two trumpeters (NYPD and FDNY)
Final music performance
Program ends

An all-agency honor guard made up of individuals representing City, State, Federal and non-profit agencies including NYC Fire Department (FDNY), NYC Police Department (NYPD), Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) and representatives of the victim's families will participate in the ceremony.

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 -- September's Mission Evening of Remembrance
Join September's Mission on Friday evening, September 9, 2005, between 8 PM and midnight in remembrance of the 4th Anniversary and for the release of the 2005 9/11 Campaign commemorative poster that recognizes individual and corporate supporters who contributed to the campaign. This semi-formal dinner will take place at TORO Restaurant, 1 Front Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201, and will include fine dining, open bar, and music. Donation per person: $75/$100 couple or reserve a table for 6: $500 RSVP by August 31 via telephone at 888.424.4685 or via email at info@septembersmission.org. For more information about September's Mission, visit www.septembersmission.org.

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. Visit www.britishmemorialgarden.org/events.html for more information.

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. In addition, Chief of Dept FDNY Peter Hayden will be honored as "Firefighter of the Year." 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.

New York City -- America's 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt
America's 9/11 Victim's Memorial Quilt will be on display for the first time in New York to provide families the opportunity to view this extraordinary memorial still under construction. The Memorial Quilt is an ongoing effort which began on 9/4/01, an exemplary mission to preserve the memory, life, and legacy of all heroes lost on 9/11 in a compassionate and dignified way, created by hundreds of citizens across the country. The memorial quilt will be dedicated to all 9/11 families upon completion. The quilt will be shown on September 10-11, 2005, at: Marriott Financial Center, 85 West Street. For more information, visit www.911memorialquilts.com.

New York City -- Forum of Communities for a Resilient Future
World Cares Center, Inc. invites you to take part in its September Exchange. This event seeks to pay tribute to the different communities affected by these terrible events. Through group discussions, a family fun day in the park, and other relaxing and rejuvenating activities, we will remember those who were lost in such tragic events. Events will take place from September 9-11, 2005 in New York City. For a complete list of activities, please visit www.worldcares.org. Please RSVP for all activities due to limited space availability to Laura Horowitz by at lhorowitz@worldcares.org or call 212-563-7570.

New York City -- 9/11 Day of Volunteering: Common Cents Penny Harvest
Students 4-14 across NYC are working to make this city a better place for all. Help Common Cents support their efforts through our annual Penny Harvest. Join us as we put together materials for delivery to over 900 schools: handbooks for teachers, leaflets for parents and penny bags and stickers for students! This will be a fun and informal opportunity where there will be the chance to speak to staff and learn more about our unique program's rich history and promising future. Hosting this event on 9/11 has special significance for the organization. In 2001, days after 9/11, Common Cents was asked by the Mayor to organize the Penny Harvest in all 1000 NYC schools to help students cope with the tragedy and have an outlet for positive action. In the largest student community service experience in the city's history, close to a million students yielded over $900,000: almost 200 tons of pennies! Following the Common Cents curriculum, students formed "Roundtables" to debate how best to distribute these funds to 9/11 relief efforts. We encourage volunteers to help us prepare for 2005's Penny Harvest, which we hope to be the largest ever! We welcome all individuals and small groups who wish to volunteer with us for this opportunity. If you have a group of 10-15 people, we can also accommodate groups on other days in early September. Please email volunteers@commoncents.org to schedule or call 212-PENNIES and ask for Jonathan.

New York City -- WTC Survivors' Network Anniversary Events
The World Trade Center Survivors' Network has organized several events to commemorate the fourth year anniversary of 9/11. Activities take place from September 7-13 in Manhattan and include a creative writing workshop, massage therapy, volunteer opportunities, and more. From 5-8PM on September 8, 2005, there will be the Second Annual Healing Community Concert and Healing Art Exposition at St. Andrew's, with a fundraiser supporting the American Red Cross in their efforts to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The art from those who participated in Janice Cilento's Healing Art Workshop will be shown. A remembrance barbeque will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2005, from 6:00PM to 9:00PM at 500 West 56th Street. An anniversary luncheon will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2005, from 12:00PM to 6:00PM at St. Andrews' Church, 20 Cardinal Hayes Place. Post-Ceremony reflections with St. Vincent's WTC Healing Services will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2005, from 12:00PM to 2:00PM at St. Andrew's Church, 20 Cardinal Hayes Place. For a complete list of activities and a sign up sheet, please call Tania Head at 917-733-1649, info@survivorsnet.org, or visit www.survivorsnet.org.

New York City -- A Day of Remembrance for All
On Friday, September 9, from 10AM-3PM, Columbia University's Resiliency Program will be hosting a day of events in remembrance of the anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Children can enjoy crafts and music while adults can learn techniques for handling stress and talk about ways to keep connected with family and friends. All activities are free and refreshments will be served. The events will be held at 707 W 171st Street, Suite East, Ground Floor, between Haven Ave. and Ft. Washington Ave. For more information, please call 212-781-1046. Hablamos Español: Llámenos si quiere mas información, 212-781-1105.

New York City -- Second Annual Healing Community Concert and Art Exposition
There will be a healing concert and art exposition on Thursday, September 8, 2005, from 5:00PM to 8:00PM at St. Andrew's Church, 20 Cardinal Hayes Place at Police Plaza. For more information, call 212-346-2582.

New York City -- Launch of "On the Ground after September 11: Mental Health Responses and Practical Knowledge Gained"
This event will take place on Friday, September 9, 2005, from 1:30PM to 5:00PM at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University Downtown Manhattan, 1 Pace Plaza. For more information, contact Yael Danieli at 212-737-8524 or email yaeld@aol.com.

New York City -- 9/11 Commemoration Artwork Reception
There will be a reception for donation and installment of artwork in commemoration of 9/11 on Friday, September 9, 2005, 6:00PM at Bellevue Hospital, Chapel Hall, 462 First Avenue. For more information, contact James Saunders at 212-562-4516.

New York City -- Forum on Immigration and Employment Post 9/11
The forum will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2005, 3:00PM at RACCOON Space, 43-32 22nd Street, Suite 301, Long Island City, NY. For more information call 718-784-9121 or 646-275-2142 or visit http://www.balkansnet.org/prostor.html.

New York City -- Windows on the World Workers' Memorial
This event will take place on Sunday, September 11, 2005, 8:30AM at Hudson River Park, Pier 26. For more information, contact Saru Jayaraman at 212-343-1771 or email saru@rocny.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.


Ohio
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.


Oregon
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.


Pennsylvania
Lower Makefield -- 9/11 Remembrance Service
A remembrance service will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2005.  There will be a reading of 9-11 victims’ names, patriotic hymns, prayers and special readings from 8:46 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.  Arise! 2005…A day to remember and renew will be from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Woodside Presbyterian Church, 1667 Edgewood Road, Yardley. Remembrance lights will be visible from 8:00 – 11:00pm on September 9, 10, and 11 at the Garden of Reflection Memorial Park, Woodside Road, Lower Makefield, PA.  For more information, visit www.9-11memorialgarden.org.

Lower Makefield -- Second Annual 9-11 Memorial Golf Classic
The Garden of Reflection is dedicated to the 17 Bucks County residents and will honor the 3000 victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The Garden will be a place where one can visit a living testimony of hope and courage, a place to renew a promise to move forward with strength and joy, building a quality life for family, community, country and the world. Created on the edge of land that is preserved in perpetuity, and surrounded by fields where children will play, the Garden of Reflection celebrates new beginnings. This second annual 9/11 Memorial Golf Classic will help fund the Garden of Reflection. This event is sponsored by Sovereign Bank and will be held on Monday, September 26, 2005, at the Makefield Highlands Golf Club, 1418 Woodside Road, Lower Makefield, PA 19067. For more information, visit www.makefieldhighlandsgolf.com or call 215-321-7000. For information on the Garden of Reflection, visit www.9-11MemorialGarden.org.

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.

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.


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.

Our Voices Together Launch Event
Our Voices Together invites all 9/11 families to its launch event on September 11, 2005, in Washington, DC. A new non-profit, non-partisan organization, Our Voices Together strives to enhance the efforts of families and friends of people directly affected by terrorism as they engender some good out of tragedy. Our Voices Together uses our collective voices and resources to support and encourage worthwhile international projects, foster goodwill and promote understanding. In so doing, we provide one way of honoring those who have lost their lives to terrorist acts. We partner with non-profits working in the areas of international development, education, and interfaith dialogue. Our online Virtual Gift Shop raises funds for international projects specifically chosen to honor the lives of loved ones. For more information or for details on the launch event, please visit the www.ourvoicestogether.org or call 202-223-0080.

Freedom Walk
The America Supports You Freedom Walk is an event on September 11 that allows citizens the opportunity to remember the victims of September 11, honor our veterans past and present, and celebrate our freedom. The event is being held on September 11, 2005, beginning at 10AM at the Pentagon South parking lot. The walk begins near the Pentagon crash site, crossing Arlington National Cemetery, passing several National memorials, and concluding adjacent to the National Mall and Reflecting Pool with an America Supports You concert by country superstar singer and songwriter Clint Black. For more information about this event, please visit www.asyfreedomwalk.com. The Freedom Walk is free and open to anyone who registers. Registration closes at 10AM on Friday, September 9, 2005. There will be no on-site registrations the day of the event.

United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt
The United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt will be on exhibit for the first time ever in Washington, DC. The 16,000 square foot quilt, a global undertaking of more than 3000 volunteers in 18 countries, is dedicated to the victims of September 11, 2001. Each and every victim of the attacks on the World Trade Center Towers I and II, the Pentagon, and the passengers and crew of American Airlines Flights 11 and 77 and United Airlines Flights 93 and 175 has been memorialized. The quilt stretches more than a quarter of a mile long and will be on display at George Washington University's Charles E. Smith Athletic Center, 600 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037-2727, on Friday, September 9, 2005, through Sunday, September 11, 2005, from 11AM to 5PM with a VIP Opening Ceremony for survivors, family and friends of victims and survivors, dignitaries, and the press on the evening of Thursday, September 8, 2005 (time to be determined). If you plan to attend the VIP Opening, please RSVP to get2corey@charter.net with who will be attending as well as the number of guests you will be bringing. In addition, if family members want a picture or something in writing added to their loved one's block, they should bring it with them to the exhibit (please contact Kim at kmonins@hotmail.com). For any further questions, please visit the website at www.unitedinmemory.net or call 562-391-1080. The exhibit is free to the public.