September 11 Remembrance Services and Gatherings


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The following is a list of September 11 Remembrance Services and Gatherings.  If you know of additional services, please let us know at communications@unitedafa.org

New York City - World Trade Center Site Memorial Ceremony and Remembrance

Date: September 11, 2008
Time: 8:00 am  – Noon

This is the official New York City observance of the anniversary of 9/11 and the event will take place at the World Trade Center site on the morning of Thursday, September 11th.


New York City - 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Annual Floating Lanterns Ceremony

Date: September 11, 2008
Location: Pier 40 at West Houston Street and the Hudson River

The New York Buddhist Church (NYBC) will present a floating lantern ceremony led by Rev. TK Nakagaki. This ancient custom is a symbolic representation of respecting the lives that have gone before us and also represents a light of hope for peace and harmony. This event is free and open to the public.


Redondo Beach - Memorial Event

Date: September 13, 2008
Time: 1000-1130

The City of Redondo Beach (just south of LAX) will hold a ceremony to dedicate a 9/11 memorial on Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 1000 to 1130. There will be a special seating area for airline crewmembers, friends and family of the victims, and firefighters from the FDNY.

The event will be held at the Redondo Beach Civic Center, next to the Redondo Beach Public Library just off PCH (corner of PCH & Diamond St). Flight Attendants and Pilots from United and American Airlines are encouraged to attend in uniform. Organizers would like to have a general idea of attendee head count from United.  AFA LAX Council 12 is coordinating the attendee list.  Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to Council 12 at afalax@unitedafa.org.


San Diego - Memorial Service

Date: September 11, 2008
Time: 2:30 pm

There will be a September 11th service held aboard the flight deck of the USS Midway in San Diego’s Navy Pier. This service will serve to remember those lost on September 11, 2001. Names of the United & American Airlines crewmembers lost on 9/11, along with Fire, Police, and Port Authority personnel lost will be read at the annual memorial tribute aboard the USS Midway at the San Diego Navy Pier. This event will take place on Thursday, September 11, 2008.

This annual memorial tribute is hosted by the FDNY Retirees of California with AFA-CWA participation, and will include presentation of Colors, Pipes & Drums, Honor Guards, SDFD Helicopter Flyover, 21 Guns, and the reading of names. AFA LAX Council 12 is coordinating our involvement in the event.  Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to Council 12 at afalax@unitedafa.org.  Include in the e-mail your name, contact number and e-mail.  Also indicate if you are willing to participate in reading the names of our heroes. All crewmembers are encouraged to attend in full uniform.


Washington, DC - Pentagon Memorial Official Dedication.

Date: September 11, 2008.

The Pentagon will dedicate the new memorial and open it to the public. The memorial commemorates the 184 lives lost in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the terrorist attacks.


Washington, DC - Freedom Walk

Date: September 7, 2008.
Time: 9:00 am

 As a commemorative event, the America Supports You FREEDOM WALK is an expression of support for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon, Twin Towers, and Flight 93 over Pennsylvania, and support of the many American men and women in uniform, past and present, who protect our freedom. The Walk begins at the Lincoln Memorial at 9:00 am, proceeds over the Memorial Bridge and concludes adjacent to the crash site at the Pentagon South Parking Lot with a memorial concert.


Washington, DC - September 11th Unity Walk

Date: September 14, 2008
Time: 1:30 pm

From the Washington Hebrew Congregation at 3935 Macomb Street NW, Washington, DC to The Islamic Center, the National Sikh Gurdwara Washington Cathedral, Vatican Embassy with a concluding celebration at the Gandhi Memorial.


Washington, DC - Special Program at Washington National Cathedral

Date: September 11, 2008
Time: 7:30 pm

Beyond Tolerance: Touching the Heart of Religious America with Gustav Neibuhr,. This will be a free event, open to the public, but reservations are required. Call (877)537-2228. Join Gustav Niebuhr who will tell  stories of faith communities throughout America crossing religious boundaries by reaching out with love and forgiveness. His new work chronicles his cross-country quest, where he finds not a war on terror but a crusade to discover common interests and mutual respect. On Sunday, September 7, 2008, the National Cathedral will be one stop along the route of the Unity Walk.


Washington, DC - 5th Annual Police , Fire & Sheriff September 11th Memorial 5K Run

Date: September 6, 2008
Time: 6:00 pm
Location:. DoubleTree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Crystal City, VA.

There will be a commemorative run to honor victims of September 11. Proceeds from the race will be donated to public safety and military support organizations, including the Fisher House Foundation, the Wounded Warriors Project, and the Survivors’ Fund. Fee:  $25.00

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