9/11 REMEMBERED – EVENTS: Brooklyn Prepares for the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks upon us, numerousevents are being held, to reflect on the attacks and to commemoratethose who died that day.

September 8

There will be a memorial service at the Amico Senior Center,59th Street and 13th Avenue, on Thursday, September 8 at 1p.m.. The observance, which will be held on the secondfloor, will include a reading of names, music and remarks by a FireDepartment chief and a sergeant in the NYPD.

September 10

On September 10, the Irish American Parade Committee will holdits Brooklyn’s Irish Heritage Trail and Patriots Day at Green-WoodCemetery, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street. There will be a noon massin the chapel for Irish Korean War Veterans, and visits to thegraves of Matilda Tone, General Thomas Francis Meagher and ThomasSweeney, Patrick O’Donohue, Edward Cush, John Gallagher and CharlesHiggins, as well as a World Trade Center remembrance of the heroesand victims of 9/11 at the Altar to Liberty on Battle Hill. Atrolley will be available to transport participants.

In Brooklyn Heights, the Brooklyn Historical Society will beoffering special programming to commemorate the 10th anniversary ofthe attacks. At 2 p.m., on Saturday, September 10,there will be a performance of More or Less I Am, a performancepiece, with original music, drawn from Walt Whitman’s renownedpoem, Song of Myself. The event is free.

In addition, on Sunday, September 11, at 2p.m., there will be a talk by Julie Salamon, on DoingGood in a Post-9/11 World. This event is also free, though thosewho plan to attend are encouraged to RSVP beforehand.

For further information on either event, call 718-222-4111 orlog onto www.brooklynhistory.org. The Brooklyn Historical Societyis located at 128 Pierrepont Street.

September 11

In Bay Ridge, there will be a Day of Remembrance on September11, beginning at 1 p.m., when CouncilmemberVincent Gentile and local residents will put up posters created bylocal students honoring individual victims of 9/11 along theShore Road Bike Path. Those interested inparticipating should go to the 69th Street Veterans Memorial Pierfor instructions.

Then, at 4:30 p.m., there will be a memorialceremony at John Paul Jones Cannonball Park5:30 p.m.69th Street Pier

At the pier, at 7 p.m.

For further information on the Day of Remembrance, callGentile’s office at 718-748-5200 or Golden’s office at718-238-6044.

In Sunset Parkthe park, 44th Street andFifth Avenue6 to 9 p.m. onSeptember 11, that will include a solemn march to the flagpole. Formore information, contact the office of the event sponsor,Councilmember Sara Gonzalez, 718-439-9012.

In Sheepshead Bay

In Marine Park5 p.m. to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the9/11 attacks. Including a candlelight vigil, patriotic music andinspirational speeches, it is sponsored by State Senator MartyGolden, whose office can provide further information about theevent. Call 718-238-6044.

In Carroll GardensSacred Hearts 7 St. Stephen R.C. Church, 125 Summit Street,at 3 p.m. on September 11, when a statue of Our Lady ofSorrows, Maria S.S. Addolorata, is carried through neighborhoodstreets by parishioners, with an Italian mass back at the church at7 p.m.

The procession this year will be particularly somber for morethan one reason, said John Heyer, the church’s eventcoordinator.

Another procession, the eighth annual Children of Abraham peacewalk – in which participants come from a wide range of religiousbackgrounds – will begin at the Dawood Mosque, 143 State Street at2 p.m., and make its way across the Brooklyn Bridge to a newcommunity center in lower Manhattan, Charlotte’s Place, 109Greenwich Street. For further information, contact Rabbi EllenLippmann, 718-633-6377, Reverend Tom Martinez, 718-915-2600 orDebbie Almontaser, 917-559-8480.

September 12

On September 12, St. Francis College12:30 p.m. to remembervictims of the attacks and their families. Then, a week later,there will be a pair of discussions, What Does the Arab SpringMean and 9/11 and Philosophical Memory, with Yassin El-Ayoutyand Gerald Galgan, at the college from 12:30 to 2p.m. .For further information, log onto www.sfc.edu.

Ongoing Events

The September Concert – started after the attacks by HarukoSmith to harness the healing power of music, and including concertsof varying types in some 200 locations around the world betweenSeptember 9 and September 12) – will have four Brooklyn localesthat are open to the public. These are One Metrotech Center(September 9, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.);M.S. 51, 350 Fifth Avenue in Park Slope (September 12 from11 a.m. to noon): P.S. 233, 9301 Avenue B (details not yetannounced at press time), and Spread Art, 104 MeseroleStreet (details not available at press time).

My goal in starting The September Concert was to fill the skieswith music and celebrate the beauty in the human spirit, saidSmith. Music is a universal language with which we can express ourcommon humanity.

For further information on the concert locations, log ontowww.septemberconcert.org.

People can also catch ‘The 9/11 Performance Project fromSeptember 9 through 11. The project incorporates three interrelatedplays and will be performed at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater atJohn Jay College. Titled The Domestic Crusaders byWajahat Ali, Another Life by Karen Malped and Demolition of theEiffel Tower by Jeton Neziraj, these works are intended to send adiplomatic message of unity between cultures, and promote reform inpost-September 11 politics, challenging audiences and theircritical thinking of the law, civil liberties, and human rights.Tickets are $20, $10 for students. For tickets, log ontowww.ticketcentral.com or call 212-279-4200.

There are numerous other events taking place at John Jay aroundthe anniversary, including two student production performances andpanel discussions. For further information, log ontowww.jjay.cuny.edu/theater.php.

New Yorkers can also seek counsel and comfort thisSeptember and October through communityconversations. To that end, the Council for theHumanities will be sponsoring discussion groups inschools, museums and libraries, where New Yorkers can respond to9/11. The council also provides online tool kits for anyoneinterested in holding their own discussion group.

About one third of the responders of 9/11 either lived or workedin Brooklyn. The participation and response to these events areexpected to be tremendous. For more information about discussiongroups, go to www.nyhumanities.org/conversations.

Outside Brooklyn

Beyond Brooklyn’s borders, 9/11 memorial, Hand inHand-Remembering 9/11, will be held on September 10 inlower Manhattan at 8:46 a.m. where thousands will gatherto hold hands in unity and remembrance of the people who died inthe attacks. People will grasp hands to form a chain along thewaterfront starting at lower Manhattan’s tip and rising north. Thiscommunity event was organized by Manhattan’s Community Board 1.

Also on September 109/11 Remembrance Walk sponsored by the USO in Hudson RiverPark at Pier 46, Charles and West Streets

The purpose of the walk, according to the event website, is tohonor the memory of those we lost on that tragic day and to raisefunds for the USO’s efforts to support those who protect ourfreedom every day.

Brooklynites can walk with Our Community Salutes of Brooklyn.Those interested in participating can log ontohttp://uso911walk.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=489972&supid=335026154,or contact josh@ourcommunitysalutesofbrooklyn.com.

On September 11September 12Tribute inLight

In Brooklyn, there are several viewing locations, including the69th Street Pier, Brooklyn Bridge Park, the Brooklyn Bridgepedestrian walkway, the Brooklyn Heights promenade, Fulton FerryState Park, the Pulaski Bridge pedestrian walkway and Fort GreenePark.

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