Voices Newsletter

October 28, 2011

Dear Families and Friends,

In this week's newsletter we are featuring stories about the legacy that several family members have created through their work.

Last week President Obama honored Steve and Liz Alderman with the 2011 Presidential Citizens Award for their work in establishing clinics in post-conflict countries through the foundation they created in memory of their son, Peter. As Liz Alderman wrote in her e-mail, "we wanted to leave a profound and indelible mark that Peter existed and that because he had lived, the world would be a better place.".

Last night I joined others at the launch of Edie Lutnick's book, "An Unspoken Bond". Edie and Howard Lutnick spoke eloquently about the loss of their brother Gary on 9/11 and their dedication in co-founding the Cantor Relief Fund to support the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald families. Edie writes, "I hope that I have been able to communicate the strength and fortitude these families possess in the face of unimaginable obstacles." The book also highlights the advocacy efforts required of so many of us and the challenges we faced in navigating complicated systems along the way.

Thanks to all who responded to our request for tenth anniversary events in your communities. Tom Nicosia shared photographs of a Candlelight Vigil held on September 10th at the Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Tom expressed how meaningful it was to commemorate the anniversary with "a small, tight community gathered with the families of victims."

VOICES staff is on the road again hosting Living Memorial workshops in Long Island, New Jersey, New York City and Washington, DC, as well as our offices in New Canaan, CT and New Brunswick, NJ. Please note we have added community workshops in Princeton and Manalapan, New Jersey to our previous schedule. Contact Michelle Doherty at mdoherty@voicesofseptember11.org or 203-966-3911 or Sheri Burkat at sburkat@voicesofsept11.org or 732-543-2300.

As always, our best wishes to you and your families. Feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance.

Warm Regards
Mary Fetchet & The VOICES Staff


9/11 Living Memorial
Workshop Appointments

New York, New York
Tuesday, November 8th

Princeton, New Jersey
Tuesday, November 8th

Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, November 9th

Washington, D.C.
Thursday, November 10th

Rye, New York
Tuesday, November 15th

Manalapan, New Jersey
Tuesday, November 15th

New York, New York
Tuesday, November 29th

For a full schedule of upcoming
workshop appointments Click Here.

VOICES Teleconference Schedule

Tuesday, November 1st:
Firefighter Mothers' Group
10:00am to 11:00am

Tuesday, November 1st:
Parents' Support Group
3:45pm to 5:00pm

Tuesday, November 1st:
Parenting Teleconference Group
9:00pm to 10:00pm

Tuesday, November 15th:
Rockland In-Person Group
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday, November 16th:
Siblings' Group
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Tuesday, November 22nd:
Witness/Survivors' Group
4:00pm to 5:00pm

For a full schedule of upcoming teleconference groups Click Here.

For a complete list of events visit our website at www.voicesofsept11.org.

To add an event to our calendar contact newsletters@voicesofsept11.org.


Edie Lutnick Publishes Memoir about Cantor Families' Journey
An Unbroken BondEdie Lutnick has just published "An Unbroken Bond: The Untold Story of How the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced the Tragedy of 9/11." Edie is the co-founder and Executive Director of The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, a nonprofit organization established on September 14, 2001. On 9/11, Edie lost her brother Gary, who was one of the 658 employees of Cantor Fitzgerald lost that day. Over the last ten years, Edie has worked to give aid and comfort for the firm's families who had lost loved ones and to honor the memory of the victims. Amazon describes the book as a "powerful, sometimes infuriating and ultimately heartwarming story of the mission to fulfill an important legacy, and give meaning to the lives of the victims of 9/11."

September 10th Ceremony in Yardley, Pennsylvania Honors Those Lost on 9/11
Ceremony in YardleyOn September 11, 2001, the town of Yardley lost more residents than any other community in Pennsylvania. The Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial was created in Yardley to remember and honor these Pennsylvania residents and all 2,973 killed on September 11, 2001. It is situated in Memorial Park amid the natural beauty of Historical Bucks County farmland in Lower Makefield Township. This year, on September 10th, a candlelight vigil was held with one candle to represent each life lost. The vigil gives participants a chance "to pray for a loved one and to show they are never alone." To learn more about Yardley's Garden of Reflection, click here: http://www.911memorialgarden.org.

Steve and Liz Alderman Awarded The 2011 Presidential Citizen's Medal
ImageOn October 20, 2011, President Barack Obama honored Steve and Liz Alderman as one of 13 recipients of the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal. The Citizens Medal was established in 1969 to recognize American citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service for their country or their fellow citizens. "This year's recipients of the Citizens Medal. exemplify the best of what it means to be an American, and I am honored to be able to offer them a small token of our appreciation." said President Obama. More.

New York Philharmonic to Release DVD of A Concert For New York
ImageA Concert for New York, featuring a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, by the New York Philharmonic led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, will be released on DVD on November 8, 2011, and worldwide at the end of November. The free concert - presented in remembrance and renewal on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 - was recorded live on September 10, 2011, at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center and was also projected onto a large screen on the Josie Robertson Plaza adjacent to the hall before a crowd of approximately 3,000. The performance was also broadcast on radio and on major television channels around the world. More.

Irish Chamber Orchestra 9/11 Memorial Concert in NYC - October 31st
ImageThe Irish Chamber Orchestra, one of Irelands leading cultural ambassadors, will embark on a major US tour with world renowned US artist, pianist Leon Fleisher. The eight concert tour is a cornerstone of Culture Ireland's autumn program in Imagine Ireland, a yearlong festival of Irish arts in America.

The concert at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City on October 31st has particular significance as the program includes a specially commissioned work Termon by Irish composer Micheal O Suilleabhain to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The work for Uilleann Pipes and Strings will be performed by Padraic Keane, this year's recipient of the Gradam Ceoil TG4 Music Award - Young Musician of the Year. More.

Governor Kean To Speak At Monmouth University - November 3rd
Governor Kean To SpeakMonmouth University will present a program entitled "9/11 A Ten-Year Perspective" on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson Hall. The speakers include the Honorable Thomas H. Kean, former Governor of New Jersey and the co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Lewis Eisenberg, former chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey who was its chairman on September 11, 2001, and Virginia S. Bauer, 9/11 family member and current commissioner of the Port Authority. The event will also feature a number of original photographs of the aftermath at the World Trade Center following 9/11, by world-renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz that have been recently donated to Monmouth University. More.

Rising Phoenix - 9/11 Dance Tribute - November 6th
Rising PhoenixOn Sunday, November 6th, at 1:00 PM, the Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, NJ will present a tribute in Broadway-style dance to the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and to the families, first responders and survivors who were impacted. Free tickets are available for family members, children of 9/11 victims, NYPD, NYFD and volunteers. For more information or to order tickets, contact Elise Counts at 908-397-5717 or elicounts@yahoo.com.

FBI Director Speaks On "Strength Through Partnerships"
On October 24th, FBI Director Robert Mueller spoke to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Chicago. His topic was "Strength Through Partnerships." More.

U.S. Homeland Security Air Fleet Overdue For Modernization
When the U.S. Congress created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2002, it brought together 22 separate government organizations ranging from the Secret Service to the Border Patrol. A number of these had been operating fleets of maritime and aerial patrol platforms. More.

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