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District Commemorates 10th Anniversary of September 11th

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WHO/WHAT: Mayor Vincent C. Gray and members of the 9-11 Tenth Anniversary Honorary Committee, representing the educational, civic, philanthropic, religious, business and public-safety communities as well as non-profit groups to host three days of events memorializing the lives lost 10 years ago in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Special lessons of tolerance, peace and service will be taught in DC Public Schools.

BACKGROUND: The theme for the three-day observance, “One City…One World: Peace, Tolerance, Service and Remembrance,” is designed to honor the lives of DC residents who died on September 11, 2001, a tragic day in the lives of hundreds of thousands around the world. In addition, the observance will recognize the dedication and commitment of the District’s first responders; promote, through classroom instruction and activities, lessons on tolerance and peace; inspire an understanding of student global citizenship; and rekindle the spirit of service that emerged after the attacks of 9-11.



Friday, September 9, 2011: Day of Tolerance

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: “DCPS Lessons Promoting Tolerance and Peace”

Description: Throughout this special day and weeks leading up to 9-11, DCPS students will be engaged in instructional lessons and activities teaching tolerance and promoting peace. A “One City…One World: Peace, Tolerance, Service and Remembrance” page on the DCPS educators' portal will be launched to support teachers with instructional resources (such as lesson plans) aligned with the goals of the day. A message will be placed in the Principal's and Educator's Weekly about how to make the day meaningful for DCPS students.

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: “Remembering Our Students, Teachers and National Geographic Chaperones”

Leckie Elementary School
4201 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SW


Description: This ceremony will honor the three DC Public Schools (DCPS) students, three teachers and two National Geographic Society chaperones killed in the tragic 9-11 attacks. Families, teachers, students and former principals from impacted schools will participate in the program. The program will culminate with a tree-planting ceremony hosted by the Washington Architectural Foundation.


10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.:

A Special Exhibit - “We Remember: Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the 9-11 Tragedy”

Sumner School Museum and Archives
1201 17th St. NW


Description: The special exhibit at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives will pay tribute to the teachers and students from Backus Middle School and Ketcham and Leckie Elementary Schools who were lost in the tragedy ten years ago. The exhibit hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. from September 9 - 19, 2011.


11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: “Global DC: Creating the Vision”
Cardozo Senior High School
1200 Clifton Street NW

Description: This event honors the lives lost on 9-11 by focusing on the need to prepare our city’s students for global citizenship in the 21st century. The program will include keynote speaker Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; a student panel; and the announcement of a new public-private initiative to advance global education in DC Public Schools.

Saturday, September 10, 2011: Day of Peace

12:00 noon: Passing of the Peace Rose Petal Ceremony

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 their communities, the United States and abroad. Following the exercise, the children will participate in a ceremony spreading white rose petals on the Potomac as a symbol of peace, to honor the lives lost during the 9-11 attacks.

Sunday, September 11, 2011: Day of Service and Remembrance

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.: 9-11 Anniversary Tribute and Service Day

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. 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.:
Candlelight Service of Remembrance -“Remembering Lives Lost...Honoring First Responders”

The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC
1328 16th Street NW (Corner of 16th and O Streets)

Description: The candlelight service will commemorate the lives of DC residents, students, teachers and chaperones who lost their lives during the terror attack ten years ago. It will also highlight the service and commitment of first responders.