Dear kind reader. Please excuse my hiatus. There was a 100-question grammar test I had to complete on a deadline. Of course, once I successfully completed said test I had to celebrate in Vegas. Now that I am settled on the couch and have begun my post-Vegas recovery, I can give you, kind reader, my full attention.
This week, this very serious, somber week of remembrance demands respect for the victims and families of the tragedy that happened ten years ago. They have my prayers and utmost respect. However, I am torn about the media attention surrounding this tragic anniversary. Half of me is surprised a decade has already passed by and feels the need to reflect on this recent history. The other half has grown tired of all the post-rehashing of every minute detail of the attacks. I recently viewed a respected news station doing an entire video piece on what memories teenagers (who were in kindergarten at the time) had of that day. At the conclusion of the news story, I turned off the television. I have yet to turn it back on.
I do realize there are Americans that may be offended that I am not emotionally absorbing this anniversary as they feel I should. On the other hand, some of us are have grown weary about the subject and feel we should move on. It is my hope that this week’s article is useful for those who would like to remember, as well as those who would like to forget.
There are a slew of 9/11 memorial concerts this Sunday. Some of them are charging as much as $35 for admission with no hint as to who will benefit from the profits. I am only listing concerts and memorials that are FREE.
9/11-10 Years On, a Memorial Concert
University of Denver
Ritchie Wellness Center
2201 E. Asbury Blvd. Denver (SW corner of Buchtel and University Blvd at I-25)
Sunday, Sept. 11th, 4pm
The Lamont School of Music will present a Carillon Recital to honor the anniversary of September 11th, 2001. It will feature patriotic music, music written four days after the attacks and a duet of “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The concert is out in the open and continues rain or shine, but there will also be a live viewing video camera in the lobby. This concert if free, but visitor parking is $1.50 per hour. For more information, call 303.871.6412 or click here: du.edu/lamont.
The Gift of Community-A Memorial Performance
Lone Tree Arts Center
10075 Commons Street
Sunday, September 11th, 3pm
Cost : FREE (but requires tickets)
Cecil Effinger’s, “An American Hymn,” and Gabriel Faure’s Requiem are items among the vast program. The Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra, Cherry Creek Chorale and the Colorado Columbine are all sharing the stage with 10 other area choirs for this event. This event is free, but tickets are required. Visit the center box office one hour before the concert for your free tickets. For more information, call 720.509.1000 or click here: http://www.lonetreeartscenter.org
Colorado Remembers 9/11-10th Anniversary Commemorative Concert
Civic Center Park
100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway
Sunday, September 11th, 1pm
Our home state promises a patriotic concert that will include the Colorado National Guard, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, an Honor Guard, Wreath Laying Ceremony, Firing Salute, Taps, a military Fly over and…The Beach Boys. I’m not sure how The Beach Boys fit into all of this, but this event will most likely be the largest in the metro area. The CELL or Counterterrorist Education Learning Lab is a sponsor for this free event. Lawn seating will be available first come, first served, so come early. The use of blankets or low-seated chairs are encouraged. Bring a picnic or have a liquid lunch at the on-site beer garden. As with any event downtown, your parking options may be slim. For more information, click here: http://188.8.131.52/events/
9/11 Freedom Rally
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
6000 Victory Way
Commerce City, CO
Sunday, September 11th, 9am to 6pm
A Freedom Rally at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (across from Northfield Mall in Stapleton) promises a Memorial Field, Colorado’s Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride, 5K walk/run, bicycle tour, all-day activities, live concerts on three different stages, food, vendors and other fun for the whole family. This event, as well as parking is free. All net proceeds from will support nonprofit organizations that support veterans, active duty military, first responders and their families. For more information, click here: http://www.911freedomrally.org/
408 South Teller Street
Sunday, September 11th 10am to 7pm
Belmar is hosting the 8th year of the Festival Italiano Regional Celebration. Be prepared for live music, chef demonstrations, wine tastings, grape stomping (sorry, kids only), a Bocce Ball Tournament and Flag Throwers flown in straight from Italy for the occasion. This event is free, however a portion of the profits made from food sales will go to Project Angel Heart. For more information, click here: http://www.belmarcolorado.com/sub/event/festival_italiano/