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A Concert for Hope

8:00 PM

September 11, 2011

President Barack Obama delivered his only formal remarks the evening of Sunday, September 11, during "A Concert for Hope," the capstone event of a three-day commemoration of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001.

The event also featured R&B legend Patti LaBelle, country superstar Alan Jackson, and renowned mezzo soprano Denyce Graves. Music, readings, and reflections instilled a sense of renewal and hope for the decade ahead.

Recorded Stream


09/11/2011 2:36 PM - Orchestra warming up, Patti Labelle just did her sound check, everyone preparing for the evening...

09/11/2011 2:41 PM - Audience beginning to file in now. There was a lot of energy out in the waiting area. A lot of security, too.

09/11/2011 2:46 PM - Watched Patti Labelle rehearse about an hour ago. It's going to be an amazing performance.

09/11/2011 3:04 PM - Less than an hour until show time. Auditorium starting to fill...

09/11/2011 3:29 PM - James Laychak now making opening remarks.

09/11/2011 3:30 PM - Auditorium completely filled now

09/11/2011 3:32 PM - Applause for James, Marine Chamber Orchestra now giving the musical prelude...

09/11/2011 3:40 PM - Images of the Cathedral are being projected on the screens here in the Kennedy Center. At the front of the stage is one of the stone angels that fell from the Cathedral during the earthquake.

09/11/2011 3:50 PM - Ten minutes away now. Musical prelude continues...

09/11/2011 3:58 PM - The President just entered the auditorium. Everyone on their feet. Standing ovation.

09/11/2011 4:00 PM - Whole audience is silent now, waiting...

09/11/2011 4:02 PM - Lights dimming, video is playing on the screens. Images of the Cathedral...

09/11/2011 4:02 PM - The Concert for Hope Begins.

09/11/2011 4:03 PM - Anderson Cooper now onstage giving opening remarks

09/11/2011 4:03 PM - Dean Lloyd now taking the stage, giving the welcome

09/11/2011 4:04 PM - "Now 10 years later, we are pleased to welcome the President of the United States, and viewers across the country, to this Concert for Hope..."

09/11/2011 4:06 PM - Alan Jackson now taking the stage...

09/11/2011 4:07 PM - Jackson is performing "Where were you when the world stopped turning."

09/11/2011 4:08 PM - "Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us And the greatest is love"

09/11/2011 4:14 PM - President Obama now speaking. Standing ovation when he took the stage

09/11/2011 4:16 PM - "These past ten years have shown America's resolve to defend our citizens and our way of life."

09/11/2011 4:18 PM - "This decade has shown that we hold fast to our freedoms..."

09/11/2011 4:18 PM - "These past ten years have underscored the bond between all Americans..."

09/11/2011 4:21 PM - "Nothing can break the will of a truly united States of America..."

09/11/2011 4:23 PM - "It will be said that we kept the faith. That we took a painful blow and we emerged stronger than before..."

09/11/2011 4:23 PM - "let us look to the future with hearts full of hope..."

09/11/2011 4:23 PM - Standing ovation for the President as he takes his seat

09/11/2011 4:24 PM - Videos on the screens now. 1st person stories from 9/11.

09/11/2011 4:26 PM - Footage from ground zero. Patti Labelle quietly takes the stage beneath the videos.

09/11/2011 4:27 PM - Christy Fere speaking now, widow of Neil Levin, director of Port Authority, New York/New Jersey, lost in the North tower...

09/11/2011 4:28 PM - Patti Labelle now performing...

09/11/2011 4:29 PM - Patti Labelle is accompanied by the Marine Chamber Orchestra

09/11/2011 4:32 PM - Applause for Patti Labelle in the middle of her song.

09/11/2011 4:33 PM - Standing Ovation for Patti Labelle

09/11/2011 4:34 PM - Ovation continues. Whistles and yells from the audience

09/11/2011 4:37 PM - Video now about what it means for America to heal

09/11/2011 4:38 PM - Anderson Cooper reading a quote from Reverend Joseph Griesdieck…

09/11/2011 4:39 PM - "It doesn't matter what our race, creed, gender, or background happens to be, we're all one. We live together, ultimately we all die together." – Rev Joseph Griesdieck

09/11/2011 4:40 PM - Marine Chamber Orchestra and the Washington National Cathedral Choir now performing...

09/11/2011 4:44 PM - Lots of applause for the orchestra and the choir

09/11/2011 4:45 PM - Standing ovation now, applause getting louder and louder

09/11/2011 4:46 PM - James Laychak, President of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, now taking the stage

09/11/2011 4:47 PM - James lost his brother in the Pentagon attacks

09/11/2011 4:48 PM - Video now playing about the meaning of hope, and what hope means for America ten years after 9/11

09/11/2011 4:50 PM - Anderson Cooper now reading a quote from the Dali Lama

09/11/2011 4:50 PM - “No matter what part of the world we come from, we are all basically the same human beings. We all seek happiness and try to avoid suffering…” – Dali Lama

09/11/2011 4:51 PM - Denyce Graves now taking the stage, singing Amazing Grace

09/11/2011 4:55 PM - Choir now standing in the loft, joining in.

09/11/2011 4:57 PM - Huge round of applause, everyone standing

09/11/2011 4:58 PM - President standing, waving to the audience. Audience is applauding.

09/11/2011 4:59 PM - Closing video slide: "We are not defined by tragedy."

09/11/2011 5:00 PM - That concludes the Concert for Hope. Amazing event. Thanks, everyone, for tuning in.

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Commemorative Holy Eucharist

11:15 AM

September 11, 2011

A Commemorative Holy Eucharist at 11:15 am concluded Sunday morning’s commemorations with Dean Lloyd preaching and Bishop Chane presiding.

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Forum on Compassion with author Karen Armstrong

10:15 AM

September 11, 2011

Noted author and religion expert Karen Armstrong joined us in a Forum on Compassion with Dean Lloyd at 10:15 am. Armstrong is the winner of a 2008 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) award for her interfaith "Charter of Compassion" and bestselling author of several titles including A History of God.

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Interfaith Prayer Vigil

8:30 AM

September 11, 2011

Exactly one decade later, the tragedy of September 11, 2001, was commemorated beginning with an Interfaith Vigil at 8:30 am. Participants of diverse faiths prayed together, and tolling of the Bourdon bell—the largest bell in the Cathedral's central tower—marked the moments when airplanes struck the north and south towers of the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon, and crashed in Pennsylvania.

Participants included Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III; Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane; Rabbi Bruce Lustig, Washington Hebrew Congregation; Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche of Tibet, Buddhist nun and incarnate lama; Dr. D.C. Rao, a representative of the Hindu and Jain faiths on the Board of Directors of the InterFaith Conference; Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America; and musician Humayun Khan.

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A Concert to Honor

7:30 PM

September 9, 2011

"A Concert to Honor," dedicated to 9/11 victims, their families, survivors, first responders, and service members. The Brahms Requiem was performed by the Marine Chamber Orchestra and United States Navy Band Sea Chanters, along with the Cathedral Choir, soprano Christine Brandes, and baritone Eric Owens, under the direction of Col. Michael J. Colburn. As part of the program, family members of 9/11 victims, members of the armed forces, and other representatives participated in a ceremony to honor the memory of the fallen.

Recorded Stream


09/09/2011 3:21 PM - People filing in, orchestra warming up, everything about to get started...

09/09/2011 3:29 PM - Images of the Cathedral are being projected on the screens here at the Kennedy Center. Stained glass windows, soaring archways. Almost feels like being there.

09/09/2011 3:39 PM - Event is beginning. Choirs and Orchestra filling the stage.

09/09/2011 3:39 PM - Event is beginning. Choirs and Orchestra filling the stage.

09/09/2011 3:41 PM - Opening video playing on main screen. Auditorium is full.

09/09/2011 3:42 PM - Rev. Samuel Lloyd III making opening remarks.

09/09/2011 3:44 PM - "Tonight our concert will pay tribute to the victims of the attacks and their families"

09/09/2011 3:48 PM - Thomas Heidenberger now giving opening remarks on behalf of victims families

09/09/2011 3:49 PM - "Now as we come together again, to pray, commemorate and celebrate, I would like us all to reflect a bit on all that has taken place since 9/11." -- Thomas P. Heidenberger

09/09/2011 3:51 PM - Standing ovation for our countries service men and women. Everyone on their feet.

09/09/2011 3:53 PM - Ovation now for flight crews and first responders during 9/11 attacks

09/09/2011 3:54 PM - "my biggest observation post 9/11: to survive is for the living and to live is to survive"

09/09/2011 3:59 PM - Marine Chamber Orchestra Performing live now...

09/09/2011 4:01 PM - Captain Anne Marsh reading "Heavy" by Mary Oliver.

09/09/2011 4:01 PM - "It's not the weight you carry, but how you carry it..."

09/09/2011 4:02 PM - "Steal Away" now being preformed by the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters and Washington National Cathedral Choir

09/09/2011 4:06 PM - The Honorable Leon Panetta now making his address

09/09/2011 4:08 PM - "10 years ago leaders from all cultural, political and religious backgrounds gathered at WNC to remember the values we all hold dear..."

09/09/2011 4:08 PM - "So it is fitting that we gather again in this sacred chamber this weekend to remember, to continue to heal, and to pledge anew that we will continue to show the world the enduring strength of the American character..."

09/09/2011 4:13 PM - "Our great strength as a democracy resides in our people, people who are willing to sacrifice for the future."

09/09/2011 4:15 PM - "When I visited our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, I looked into the eyes of those men and women who serve our country on the frontlines. So many of them were motivated to do so by the events of September 11, 2001."

09/09/2011 4:18 PM - "But more importantly, their sacrifice will ensure that we always have a government of, by, and for the people."

09/09/2011 4:19 PM - Great speech by Leon Panetta. Huge ovation.

09/09/2011 4:20 PM - Taking a moment of silence for the victims and the heroes of the 9/11 attacks

09/09/2011 4:20 PM - whole auditorium completely silent now...

09/09/2011 4:21 PM - Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III now asking all affected by 9/11 to stand and be recognized

09/09/2011 4:24 PM - Marine Chamber Orchestra is performing. Very somber mood in the auditorium.

09/09/2011 4:30 PM - Images of the Cathedral are being projected behind the orchestra and choir. Everyone listening, meditating on the amazing speeches we just heard...

09/09/2011 4:31 PM - America the Beautiful now being performed. Everyone in the audience is completely silent.

09/09/2011 4:32 PM - Whole choir joining in now. Images of stained glass behind them.

09/09/2011 4:34 PM - "God mend thine every flaw. Confirm thy soul with self control thine liberty in love..."

09/09/2011 4:34 PM - Whole orchestra now. Very powerful.

09/09/2011 4:35 PM - Huge ovation. Auditorium erupting. Standing on their feet now...

09/09/2011 4:38 PM - Brief intermission...

09/09/2011 4:46 PM - maybe not so brief...

09/09/2011 4:49 PM - Orchestra warming up, people starting to take their seats again. Lots of mingling still happening.

09/09/2011 4:52 PM - Choir walking back on stage now...

09/09/2011 4:53 PM - lights dimming... and we're back.

09/09/2011 4:54 PM - Audience giving General Petraeus a standing ovation before his speech even begins. Everyone on their feet.

09/09/2011 4:56 PM - "Even after a decade, the attacks in New York, at the Pentagon, and in the skies over Pennsylvania remain a stark, painful memory."

09/09/2011 5:00 PM - "Tonight, the friends of the fallen will not be silent. Tonight, we honor their spirit and sacrifice with a monumental tribute of voices and instruments."

09/09/2011 5:01 PM - Brahms Requiem begins...

09/09/2011 5:03 PM - The President's Own Marine Chamber Orchestra performing along with Washington National Cathedral Choir and the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters.

09/09/2011 5:03 PM - Images of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and Shanksville projects behind the orchestra and the choir

09/09/2011 5:04 PM - Footage from 9/11 now. Billowing smoke...

09/09/2011 5:08 PM - Images of the fallen towers, street level. Rescue workers, firefighters, victims, families...

09/09/2011 5:11 PM - Lots of emotion in the audience. People wiping tears away...

09/09/2011 5:21 PM - American flag waving in the background of most of these pictures/videos.

09/09/2011 5:26 PM - images from candle light vigils on the days following 9/11

09/09/2011 5:26 PM - Eric Owens now performing

09/09/2011 5:32 PM - Images of service men and women saluting the flag, leaving for duty, hugging families good bye...

09/09/2011 5:42 PM - Christine Brandes, soprano, is now performing...

09/09/2011 5:51 PM - Eric Owens performing again

09/09/2011 5:55 PM - images of service men and women coming home, families waiting for them.

09/09/2011 6:08 PM - Images honoring the heroes of flight 93...

09/09/2011 6:10 PM - Standing ovation for the choir and the orchestra. Whole auditorium standing...

09/09/2011 6:12 PM - Applauding for the whole evening now...

09/09/2011 6:13 PM - That concludes the evening. Audience filing out now. Choir and orchestra walking off stage. Amazing night.

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Sunday Morning Services (9/16/01)

4 PM

September 16, 2011

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September 11, 2001

September 11, 2011

Prayers were offered in memory of the lives lost and affected during this service of Holy Eucharist, and the Bourdon bell rang nine times at the beginning of the service to mark the ninth anniversary of the attacks. The Rev. Kathy Jordan, volunteer Cathedral chaplain, preached; the Rev. Gwendolyn Tobias officiated; the prayers of the people, including a passage from the Koran, were offered by Duke Duteil, Cathedral head verger.

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Pentagon Memorial Fund

Dear Friends:

Thank you for your commitment to remembering all those lost on September 11, 2001 and for joining us at the Washington National Cathedral as we reflect on the 9/11 tenth commemoration. On behalf of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, it is my privilege and the 9/11 families' involved in the Fund, to welcome you to "A Call to Compassion," the Washington National Cathedral's three-day series of 9/11 commemorative events.

The Washington National Cathedral played a significant role in the days immediately following the attacks on September 11, 2001. Just three days removed from the events of 9/11/01, thousands gathered at the Washington National Cathedral to express our nation's sorrow and sympathy over the loss of our loved ones killed in the attacks on the Pentagon, Flight 93, and the World Trade Center. Ten years later, the Cathedral will again unite the Nation as we honor the lives that were lost with a series of interfaith concerts, forums and vigils.

"A Call to Compassion" will again provide an opportunity to gather Americans together to honor the memories of those who were lost, heal the wounds caused by terrorism and war, and gain new strength to move forward as a nation. The Pentagon Memorial Fund is honored to partner with the Washington National Cathedral and personally participate in the commemorate events on Friday, September 9 and Sunday, September 11.

It is during this time that our thoughts are with our friends in Pennsylvania and in New York as they dedicate their memorials at their respective sites. It is also during this time that we gather together and reflect on the collective spirit of unity that followed the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. I encourage you to join with us again at the Washington National Cathedral to remember our loved ones, their families, survivors, first responders, and military personnel, to reflect on their sacrifices, and to renew the call to compassion that spread across this country in the days following September 11.


Jim Laychak
President, Pentagon Memorial Fund
Brother of Dave Laychak

Interactive Map of the Pentagon Memorial


National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Dear Friends:

It is an honor to welcome you to "A Call to Compassion," Washington National Cathedral's September 11 Commemoration Concert Series.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, many gathered at Washington National Cathedral with President George W. Bush to mourn the loss of the men, women, and children killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93.  Now, a decade later, the Cathedral will again provide comfort and hope as "A Call to Compassion" unites us in the nation's capital.  This concert series will provide a meaningful opportunity to pay tribute to all of the victims, their families, survivors, emergency response personnel, and our dedicated men and women in uniform, who continue to fight to ensure the freedoms that terrorists sought to destroy on 9/11. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is proud to be a part of such an important tribute.

As the final day of the "Call to Compassion" program begins on September 11, 2011, the 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated at the World Trade Center site. Family members of the victims will for the first time visit their loved ones' names inscribed in bronze around two reflecting pools, marking the footprints of the Twin Towers. The following day, we will welcome visitors from across the country and around the world.

On this historic occasion, our thoughts are not only in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. September 11, 2001 was a day of terror, but it was also a day when the bonds that unite us as Americans, and as a part of humanity, strengthened.  Ten years after that day, wherever we stand, we will reunite in memory of those who were lost, in the same spirit of compassion that brought us together in our resolve to remember.

Warm regards,

Joe Daniels
President and CEO

Interactive 9/11 Timeline

Special thanks to our sponsor: F.I.S.H. Foundation