(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Vincent Gray announced that the District of Columbia will sponsor several events from September 9-11, 2011 to honor those who lost their lives during the tragic September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and to recognize the commitment of our first responders.
The theme for the three-day observance, “One City…One World: Peace, Tolerance, Service, and Remembrance,” is designed to honor the lives of the three D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) students, three DCPS teachers and two National Geographic Society staffers who died in one of the planes hijacked on that tragic day. The events will also recognize the dedication and commitment of the District’s first responders; promote, through classroom instruction and activities, lessons on tolerance and peace; help inspire an understanding of student global citizenship; and help rekindle the spirit of service that emerged following the attacks of 9/11.
“The shock of the September 11 tragedy, which took the lives of thousands and shook the world as well as the impact of that day’s terrible sadness continue to resonate even 10 years later,” said Mayor Gray. “As a city, we will take the time to remember and to reflect as well as to recommit our live to promoting peace and serving others.”
Each of the three days on which the District’s events will take place will focus on an aspect of the commemoration’s theme:
Friday, September 9, 2011 – Day of Tolerance
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.: Special Program of Peace, Tolerance and Remembrance
Location: Leckie Elementary School, 4201 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SW
Description: This ceremony will honor the three DC Public School students, three teachers and two National Geographic Society staffers killed in the tragic 9/11 attacks. Families, teachers and students and former principals from impacted schools will participate in the program.
11:00 am - 1:00 p.m.: “Global DC Initiative” Launch Event
Location: Cardozo Senior High School, 1300 Clifton Street NW
Sponsored by: the D.C. Center for Global Education and Leadership (CGEL) in partnership with Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).
Description: The city honors the lives lost on 9/11 by teaching peace, appreciation for diversity and global understanding to a new generation of DC schoolchildren. This event will announce an initiative to engage educators, students, parents, community partners and the city’s international community in building a vision for how DC schools can better prepare our students for global citizenship in the 21st century. The event will include a keynote speaker, a student panel focusing on the students’ personal global experiences, and the recognition of public and private partners who provide global education programs and opportunities for DC students and teachers.
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: DCPS Curriculum Promoting Tolerance
Description: Throughout this special day and weeks leading up to 9/11, DCPS students will be engaged in a curriculum about eliminating racism, intolerance and hatred and promoting peace. This curriculum will also teach DCPS students about other cultures, and teachers will focus on a tolerance-based curriculum, sharing practices from historical figures to current leaders. In 2001, DC Board of Education (no longer in existence) unanimously passed “A Resolution to Honor Our Students, Teachers and Friends Who Perished on September 11, 2001,” which requires DCPS to annually observe 9/11 with a curriculum on peace and tolerance.
Saturday, September 10, 2011 – Day of Peace
12:00 p.m.: Passing of the Peace Rose Petal Ceremony
Location: Hains Point, Ohio Drive SW
Description: Children from across the District will assemble at Hains Point to participate in a discussion about the values of peace in the United States and abroad. Following the exercise, the children will toss white rose petals into the Potomac River in honor of the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks and as a symbol of peace.
Sunday, September 11, 2011 – Day of Service and Remembrance
1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.: 9/11 Anniversary Tribute and Service Day
Location: Freedom Plaza (Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets NW)
Sponsored by: Hands on Network and 9/11 Families
Hosted by: Serve DC and Greater DC Cares
Description: This tribute serves as a time for the community to rekindle the spirit of service that emerged following the attacks of 9/11, and it will showcase participants engaged in an on-site service project that will directly impact regional non-profits, schools and community-based organizations, including painting a 9/11 Remembrance Mural, assembling educational kits for students and writing honor cards to military families.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Special Candlelight Service of Remembrance
Location: The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC, 1328 16th Street, NW (Corner of 16th and “O” NW)
Description: This candlelight service will commemorate the lives of DC residents, students, teachers and staffers who lost their lives during the terror attack ten years ago. It will also highlight the service and commitment of DC First Responders.