By News Release
RINDGE — Monday morning a reverent reading of the names of the Sept. 11, Boston Marathon Bombing, and Orlando Shooting victims will be presented at the Cathedral of the Pines.
The memorial is planned to begin at 8:45 a.m. Monday. The names of the 2,977 people who were killed by the terrorist attack against the United States on September 11, 2001, the names of the five victims who perished as a result of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and the 49 names of those who lost their lives at the Orlando Shooting will be read. This solemn ceremony, Remember to Remember September 11, will take about three hours.
The theme of the memorial is from Ecclesiastes 9:11-12. “11. Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all. 12. For man does not know his time. Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.”
The 9/11 victims’ names are read by actress Betsy Palmer, actor Jerry Orbach, Admiral Mike Mullen, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at The Pentagon, Public Affairs Officer Alan Hicks of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANY&NJ), and volunteers at the New York Unit of the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) organization. Ms. Palmer read the names of the victims of Flight 11, Flight 175, Flight 77, and Flight 93. The volunteers at RFB&D recorded the names of the victims at the World Trade Centers and the FDNY Firemen. Mr. Hicks recorded the names of the Officers from PANY&NJ. Mr. Orbach read the names of the NYPD Police Officers. Adm. Mullen read the names of The Pentagon victims.
Remember to Remember September 11 was organized by artist/poet James Pelletier in collaboration with RFB&D, the United Nations, and The Pentagon. Production Director Todd Palumbo oversaw the recordings read by Ms. Palmer, Mr. Orbach, Mr. Hicks, and the volunteers at RFB&D in their NYC studios. Adm. Mullen recorded the names at The Pentagon. The United Nations Translation and Editorial Division offered their help with the pronunciation of victims’ names. The Boston Marathon Bombing and Orlando Shooting victims’ names will be read live.
Pelletier, 66, of Winchendon, MA, has been involved with 9/11 memorials since 2001. He volunteered at Ground Zero for several months in the wake of the 9/11 attack. The original recording that only included the Twin Tower victims was first presented in 2002, as part of the first anniversary tributes in Battery Park, NYC. In 2008, Remember to Remember September 11 was expanded to include all the names of the 9/11 victims. The Boston Marathon Bombing and Orlando Shooting victims’ names have been included in this solemn tribute to those who were killed by terrorists on American soil.
Remember to Remember September 11 is an all volunteer effort. Posters for the memorial were distributed by: students and faculty at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH, Troop 33 Boy Scouts from Westminster, MA, the American Legion Auxiliary of Ashburnham, MA, the AmVets, Sons of the AmVets, and the AmVets Ladies Auxiliary of Westminster, MA , and individuals throughout the region.
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