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There will be several events in Boston on Sept. 11 to recognize the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
In JP, Hope Central Church is holding a special service: "" at 10:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
There are citywide events open to the public as well. Here's a summary:
Public Garden Wreath Laying
- A , hosted by the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, will take place at 7:30 a.m. by the Arlington Street entrance. Visitors are welcome to stop by anytime until sunset to see the granite memorial with the names of Sept. 11 victims and those with connections to Massachusetts and New England. Charcoal rubbings of names can also be done, and staff will be on hand with materials and assistance.
At the State House
- At 8:30 a.m. on the State House lawn, there will be a , followed by a moment of silence and the reading of names.
- At 9:30 a.m. inside the State House Chambers, will be the Commemoration Observation (limited public seating) with remarks by Vicki Kennedy and senators John Kerry and Scott Brown. Readings by family members will be followed by the presentation of the Madeleine Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery. Amy Sweeny, of Acton, was a flight attentent on the American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane hijacked by terrorists. Before crashing into the World Trade Center, Sweeney contacted the ground services crew and provided critical information about the terrorists.
- Thirteen Back Bay congregations are coming together for a large, outdoor, interfaith, multi-congregation service of prayer, song and ritual at 11 a.m. in Copley Square.
Massachusetts Remembers September 11 at the Esplanade's Hatch Shell
- More than 10,000 are expected to attend this free Memorial Concert and Ceremony, honoring the men and women that have and are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The two-hour tribute, from 3 - 5 p.m., includes readings, poems and prayers, with music by the Boston Pops Brass Ensemble and Boston Children's Chorus.
- This is also the final stop for riders in Beyond the Bike, a three day memorial bike ride from New York's World Trade Center to the . They should arrive around 2:45 p.m.
- The Oval opens at noon, and a range of nonprofits will be on hand to enlist volunteers in the community.
- At 12:30 p.m. organizers will unroll a giant mural of the American flag created by Massachusetts school children shortly after September 11th. Half the size of a football field, it contains more than 50,000 red, white and blue six-inch pieces of fabric, each with its own message of peace, hope and patriotism. First exhibited at the dedication of the The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, the display will mark the flag mural’s return to Boston.
Berklee Memorial Concert
- More than 100 members of the community will share With a variety of music: classical, rap, jazz, electronic and gospel, the performance will span generations and cultures, portraying a global response to the 10-year anniversary. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 the night of the show.
- Two New Yorkers will share their experiences from 9/11. Yaeno White, the assistant vice president of Fuji Bank in the South Tower, was left legally blind by the attacks, but has found new purpose as an artist. Larry Rader, a photographer who lived and worked in Lower Manhattan, will share images rarely seen by the public of New York before and after the attack.
- Between performances, Berklee staff will read from news reports and written accounts of Flight 93, the heroic duties of New York firefighters, and the American spirit in the face of an unprecedented event.