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november 22, 2006



As we approach the holidays and celebrate Thanksgiving we pause to remember all those who perished on 9/11.  We also count our many blessings and embrace all of you in the 9/11 community who have touched our lives. All of us at VOICES cherish your friendship and the continued support of so many. 


At this time of giving thanks, we are especially grateful for the opportunity to get to know you.  May you experience the true meaning of Thanksgiving and be surrounded by family and friends during this holiday season!


Best wishes for peace and good health from the VOICES staff,


Andrea, Andrew, Debbie, Frank, Holly, Judy, Madeline, Mary, Michelle, Oliver, Robin and Tom 



Saturday, December 16, 2006

A Service of Remembrance

For the Families of Those Lost on 9/11, Survivors and Rescue Workers

Time: 12:30 pm

Location: St. Paul's Chapel, Lower Manhattan


Those who attended the service last year remembered our loved ones with music, a candle-lighting service, and children's dance in St. Paul's Chapel--a beautiful and historic space that means so much to the entire 9/11 community. We hope all of you will join us again this year, and we extend an invitation to the entire 9/11 community: family members, survivors, and rescue and recovery workers. VOICES e-Newsletter will bring you details on the program as soon as they are finalized. Space for the service is limited and reservations are required. Please RSVP by email to reserve your place. Click the links below to:


Learn more about St. Paul's connection to 9/11

Read the program from last year's service

View a slideshow of photos from last year


Traditions by Dr. Robin F. Goodman


Individuals, families, cultures, religions, and even countries follow various traditions. Holiday, birthdays, and other special occasions are often marked with time honored customs. Yet, at times the ceremony or festivity is kept long past when anyone remembers its origin or meaning. The following are some issues for families affected by 9/11 to consider as you revisit your own traditions... read article 


Thanksgiving proclamation

The First Thanksgiving Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln


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"The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.


In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom... read full proclamation




Editor's note: Many Americans are familiar with the mythic origins of Thanksgiving as a harvest celebration the Pilgrims shared with their new Native American neighbors. However, fewer people know that Thanksgiving has been formally celebrated only since 1863, when it was created by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. In 1863, America was in the midst of an unprecedented and uncertain struggle for its very existence. Yet Lincoln believed that Americans still had much to be thankful for, and foresaw a period of renewed peace and prosperity. Our nation faces new challenges today, but we face them with an unshakable courage inherited from our forefathers. The proclamation is explicitly religious--yet it still speaks to those of all religions, or no religion. It speaks to all who have something to be thankful for. It speaks to all of us. Happy Thanksgiving.


Tuesday, November 28
Vito Valenti - Ground Zero Health Conference
Location: New Jersey Expo Center in Edison, NJ
Click to learn more about this conference


Tuesday, November 28
Public hearing on W.T.C. tour bus and security center
Time: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Borough of Manhattan Community College in the Richard Harris Terrace Room at 199 Chambers St. Click for more information.


Sunday, December 17
WTC United Family Group's Fifth Annual Holiday Brunch
Time: 1:00 p.m. till 4:00 p.m

Location: Chart House Restaurant in Weehawken, New Jersey

Space is Limited: Please RSVP by Friday, December 8, 2006 to reserve seats for your family by calling us at (732) 292-2910 or by sending an email to amg@wtcufg.org.

The World Trade Center United Family Group’s Fifth Annual Holiday Brunch will feature great food, interfaith prayer, and holiday activities for children (including posting messages for our brave troops serving overseas), raffle prizes, an information resource table, and a discussion on coping with the holidays.



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