America Remembers 9/11

America Remembers 9/11(Photo: PBS NewsHour)
America Remembers 9/11(Photo: PBS NewsHour)

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches I find myself thinking back about the events of that morning.  My sister was a flight attendant for US Airways at the time.  A quick call to her family confirmed she was working that day, and the anxious wait to hear from her became our focus.  We were fortunate, my sister’s flight was on the runway waiting to take off when they were called back to the gate.  Unfortunately there were many families that day who were not so lucky.

WOSU TV will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with a special day of programming. Beginning at 5:00pm FOR THE LOVE OF THEIR BROTHER.  The story of a Staten Island family whose youngest brother, a NY firefighter, was lost on September 11.  To honor his memory, his six older siblings started the “Tunnel-to-Towers Run,” an annual road race that re-traces their brother’s route from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the World Trade Center.

Next a wonderful new documentary, FROM THE GROUND UP.   Five NY firefighter’s widows have worked to turn their loss into something good for communities in their area and beyond.  Ten years after 9/11 these woman have formed foundations, in memory of their husbands, and raised millions of dollars to help others. It’s such a nice story coming out of an awful tragedy, they’re looking ahead with hope.

If you haven’t had the chance to see  FRONTLINE: FATIH AND DOUBT AT GROUND ZERO, I encourage you to find some time to take a look or set your DVR at 6:00pm to catch this program.  This FRONTLINE special will explore how the spiritual lives of believers and non-believers have been challenged since 9/11.  Quite a thought provoking program.

PBS NEWSHOUR will come on at 8:00pm to present a special report on the day’s events.  AMERICA REMEMBERS 9/11  will start with live coverage of President Obama’s speech followed by a wrap up of the day’s memorial events in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania.  PBS NEWSHOUR will have reports coming from four additional locations across the country and will highlight pieces from their Online “Video Quilt” project.

To wrap up the days coverage, GREAT PERFORMANCES will present A Concert for New York.  Tom Brokaw will introduce the program as the New York Philharmonic, with conductor Alan Gilbert, performs Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection”.  This is a special concert for New York for the tenth anniversary of 9/11, in remembrance and renewal. The concert will take place at the Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on September 10.

I hope you’ll be able to spend some time with us on Sunday to help mark this 10th Anniversary.