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Washington National Cathedral Announces Three-Day Commemoration for the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

Program to include the tolling of Cathedral funeral bell at the moments of airplane strikes

August 15, 2011

CONTACT: Ari Geller or Meredith MacKenzie, Rabinowitz-Dorf Communications:

(202) 265-3000 (o), (202) 689-4985 (c)

or (202) 427-2007 (c)

Washington, D.C. – To mark the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Washington National Cathedral joins the three sites most affected on that day to present “A Call to Compassion.” The program will gather Americans 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. All are invited not only to commemorate, but also to unite in compassion, sharing in a commitment to create a more hopeful and just world.

“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 and F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc., in support of the National Cathedral’s mission as the spiritual home for the nation. The three days of events will culminate on September 11, 2011, when the Cathedral will toll its 12-ton funeral bell at the moments when airplanes struck the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon, and crashed in Pennsylvania.

All events will be webcast live at and take place either in the Cathedral nave or on the grounds located at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, in Washington, D.C.

Friday, September 9, 2011—”A Concert to Honor” featuring Brahms’ Requiem to honor the victims of 9/11 and survivors, their families, and emergency response personnel, as well as the nearly 6,000 fallen military service members whose lives have since been lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What: Address by military leaders and Brahms’ Requiem performed by the Marine Chamber Orchestra and the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters with the Cathedral Choir
Where: Cathedral nave
When: 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 10, 2011—”A Concert to Heal” and Community Gathering Day invites families to attend a free public concert featuring local artists and music encouraging interfaith understanding across cultures and generations to experience healing from loss and division. On this day, we 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.

What: Performances by local artists
Where: Cathedral nave and grounds
When: Concert, 1–3 p.m.
Cathedral grounds will be open dawn to dusk

Sunday, September 11, 2011—Commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11

The events of the tenth anniversary of September 11 will recognize our darkest moments, and through music, prayer, and conversation, offer hope. The capstone event of the Cathedral’s commemorative weekend will take place on Sunday evening at “A Concert for Hope.” The concert will feature words of wisdom, songs of hope, and messages of peace.

Interfaith Prayer Vigil and the tolling of the Cathedral’s Bourdon Bell
What: A vigil where participants of diverse faiths will pray together and mark the moments when airplanes struck the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon, and crashed in Pennsylvania with the tolling of the largest bell in the Cathedral tower.
Where: Cathedral nave
When: 8:30–10 a.m.
Who: 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 Hindu priest serving on the Board of Directors of the Inter Faith Conference; Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America; and musician Hamayan Kahn

Forum on Compassion
What: Guided conversation on what people of faith share in common
Where: Cathedral nave
When: 10:15–11 a.m.
Who: Author Karen Armstrong, Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III

Commemorative Holy Eucharist
What: A commemorative celebration of Holy Eucharist
Where: Cathedral nave
When: 11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Who: Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane, presider; Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III, preacher; the Rev. Dr. Kathy J. Nelson, president, F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc.

“A Concert for Hope”
What: A program of poetry, reading, reflections, and classical and popular music
Where: Cathedral nave
When: 8–10 p.m.
Who: Speakers and performing artists, including Denyce Graves and the Marine Chamber Orchestra; other artists to be announced

RSVP: All events except those on the morning of Sunday, September 11, are ticketed events.

Washington National Cathedral is called to be the spiritual home for the nation. It seeks to be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, renewal in the churches, reconciliation among the faiths, and compassion in our world.

SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral
Media Contact: Richard Weinberg
(202) 537-5548

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