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Washington National Cathedral Invites All Americans to Join in Commemorating Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

Renowned mezzo soprano Denyce Graves, Country superstar Alan Jackson, and R&B legend Patti LaBelle among those confirmed to perform

August 22, 2011

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Washington, D.C.—Artists Denyce Graves, Alan Jackson, and Patti LaBelle will be among those participating in "A Call to Compassion," Washington National Cathedral’s three-day commemoration of the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2001. In the days following the tragedy, the National Cathedral was called on to serve as a sacred national gathering place for mourning, reflection, and prayer. As the country marks the tenth anniversary of that tragic day, the Cathedral will once again open its doors to the nation and offer a weekend of programing to honor the dead, address the continued need for national healing, and foster the desire to create a more hopeful and just world.

Among the events planned for the commemoration at the Cathedral is "A Concert to Honor" on Friday evening, September 9, during which the Brahms Requiem will be performed by the Marine Chamber Orchestra and United States Navy Band Sea Chanters, along with soprano Christine Brandes, bass-baritone Eric Owens, and the Cathedral Choir. "A Concert for Hope," featuring Denyce Graves, Alan Jackson, and Patti LaBelle, is scheduled for Sunday evening, September 11. An interfaith vigil on the morning of September 11 will include leaders from many faiths gathering in prayer as the Cathedral tolls its 12-ton funeral bell to mark the moments when airplanes struck the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon, and crashed in Pennsylvania.

"Washington National Cathedral has played a unique role in the life of the nation, particularly at times of national tragedy and other moments of great significance," said Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III. "The days following the attacks of September 11, 2001, were one such time as President Bush spoke at the Cathedral in what he called ‘the middle hour of our grief.’ We still have much work to do to heal the rifts in our nation, and yet there is reason for us to hope. That hope will be at the core of our ‘Call to Compassion’ this September."

"A Concert to Heal" and Community Gathering Day on Saturday afternoon, September 10, invites families to attend a free public concert featuring Latin pop band Ocho de Bastos, Afghan-born singer Humayun Khan, and other local artists and music encouraging interfaith understanding across cultures and generations. ABC7/WJLA-TV anchor Leon Harris will serve as host. The day helps recall the unity Americans felt in the face of the attacks on 9/11, and the common values that helped us become stronger as one nation and one people. The public is also invited throughout the weekend to contribute to unique memorial gardens that will transform stones and rubble of tragedy into a living memorial. By placing stones in memory of those lost in the September 11 terrorist attacks and in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, visitors will have the opportunity to grieve, mourn, and pay tribute to their loved ones.

To share this special commemoration with brave military men and women deployed across the country and around the world, the Pentagon Channel will carry all events on its network. ABC7/WJLA-TV and numerous other ABC affiliates nationwide will also broadcast "A Concert for Hope" live Sunday, 8–9 pm. Check local listings.

People across the country and around the world may participate in any of the events, which will be streamed live and available to watch online. All are also invited to share their stories and memories of September 11, 2001, in a profound way on the interactive "Share Your Story" feature at This American community project is a way to collect important remembrances while this tragedy remains in living memory a decade later.

"A Call to Compassion" is the product of the National Cathedral’s collaboration with the Pentagon Memorial Fund, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and the Flight 93 National Memorial, and is made possible by Lockheed Martin Corporation. Additional support comes from F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc., in support of the National Cathedral’s mission as the spiritual home for the nation.

All events except those on the morning of Sunday, September 11, are ticketed. To view a full list of events and to reserve tickets, please visit

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


Share Your Story

Our stories unite us: They help us heal, and they bring us hope. Share your story, prayer, or remembrance of 9/11 here.


Event Schedule

Find out what’s happening and when during "A Call to Compassion."


Watch Online

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