- A Concert for Hope
- Commemorative Holy Eucharist
- Forum on Compassion with author Karen Armstrong
- Interfaith Prayer Vigil
- A Concert to Honor
- Sunday Morning Services (9/16/01)
- Prayer and Rememberance Service (9/14/01)
- September 11, 2001
A Concert for Hope
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.
Commemorative Holy Eucharist
September 11, 2011
A Commemorative Holy Eucharist at 11:15 am concluded Sunday morning’s commemorations with Dean Lloyd preaching and Bishop Chane presiding.
Forum on Compassion with author Karen Armstrong
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.
Interfaith Prayer Vigil
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.
A Concert to Honor
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.
Sunday Morning Services (9/16/01)
September 16, 2011
Prayer and Rememberance Service (9/14/01)
September 14, 2001
The Cathedral hosted the service three days after the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. The Rev. Billy Graham preached; President George W. Bush spoke, and the Very Rev. Nathan Baxter and the Rt. Rev. Jane Holmes Dixon officiated.
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.
Pentagon Memorial Fund
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.
President, Pentagon Memorial Fund
Brother of Dave Laychak
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
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.
President and CEO
Special thanks to our sponsor: F.I.S.H. Foundation