Ceremonies to Mark Sept. 11
Wed Sep 4, 5:09 PM ET
By JENNIFER PETER, Associated Press Writer
At 8:46 a.m. Sept. 11, bells will ring in firehouses
and churches across the country. The strains of
Mozart's Requiem will be heard in time zones
worldwide, sung by symphonies and school choirs.
Splinters of the destroyed buildings will be on
display in states such as Nevada, Tennessee, Ohio
and Wyoming. Americans will gather at public plazas
and government buildings in cities and towns across
the country for moments of silence and remembrances.
At the epicenters of the attacks, in New York City,
the Pentagon ( news - web sites), and a rural
Pennsylvania town, government leaders will join
victims' families in remembering the first
anniversary of the attacks. In Boston, where
terrorists boarded the planes that destroyed the
World Trade Center, all takeoffs and landings will
halt for a minute at the moment the first tower was
struck a year ago.
But the day will also be marked in smaller ways,
with candlelight vigils, music and prayer services
in thousands of American communities that felt the
In places such as Wilmot, N.H., the loss was
intensely personal. One of the town's 1,110
residents, Thelma Cuccinello, 71, died aboard a
hijacked flight. Using money raised at farmer's
markets and car washes, the town has built a
bandstand that will be dedicated Wednesday.
"It will give the town a reason to come
together," said Rhonda Gauthier, the town
selectman's secretary and chairwoman of the
bandstand committee. "We are dedicating it to
all the victims and heroes."
In other cities and towns, the commemorations were
inspired by a more general sense of national loss.
"We know people are looking for a way to
remember what happened and experience something that
will help them heal," said Lauren Kirby of the
Annapolis, Md., Symphony Orchestra, which will begin
playing Mozart's Requiem at 8:46 a.m., the time the
first plane struck the World Trade Center.
As part of the so-called Rolling Requiem, organized
by a group of Seattle singers, Mozart's work will be
performed at 8:46 a.m. local time in at least 21
time zones around the world, including 43 states and
In addition to remembering those who died and
honoring police, firefighters and the military,
event organizers are using the anniversary to honor
the fundamental American freedoms that were attacked
At ground zero, New York Gov. George Pataki will
read the Gettysburg Address and New Jersey Gov. Jim
McGreevey ( news, bio, voting record) will read
parts of the Declaration of Independence.
The Library of Virginia will display the state's
1789 original manuscript copy of the proposed United
States Bill of Rights, with its original 12
In Lincoln, Neb., 20 immigrants will be naturalized
as U.S. citizens at an evening memorial ceremony.
Public schools in several states will honor the day
with special events, including a moment of silence
at 9:40 a.m. in all Washington, D.C. classrooms.
That is the time when a plane carrying three of the
district's students and three teachers struck the
In Augusta, Ga., children at some elementary schools
will dress in red, white and blue, while other
students will gather around the flag pole to sing
"God Bless America."
Traffic will stop for a minute at 9 a.m. in
Carlisle, Pa. Planes will perform flyovers in states
including Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois and
Oregon. Flames of remembrance will be lit in New
York City, Tomahawk, Wis., and Atlanta. Doves of
peace will be released in Reno, Nev.
And in Hawaii, the last U.S. state where Mozart's
Requiem will be played, the islands' four mayors are
inviting people to step outside their homes,
classrooms and workplaces to observe a moment of
"The important thing is to never forget what
happened on Sept. 11, 2001," Gov. Ben Cayetano
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