August 22 , 2008

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August 22, 2008


Dear Families and Friends,


As we enjoy the last few weeks of summer, our team at VOICES is busy finalizing plans for the September 10th Information Forum and September 11th Commemorative Luncheon.  The agenda for the two day event is coming together.    
The Day of Remembrance, in partnership with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, reflects our commitment to commemorate the lives lost and provide a place for the 9/11 community to gather.  We will offer an agenda of interest, including panel discussions, workshops and 9/11 exhibits.  The VOICES staff will conduct 9/11 Living Memorial workshops throughout the day.  Family members, rescue workers and survivors are invited to bring photographs, written materials and other mementos that we will digitize to include in the 9/11 Living Memorial digital archive.  Reservations are necessary to meet with our staff, but mementos can be dropped off during the day for digitizing.     
This week we learned that Dr. Charles Hirsch, Chief Medical Examiner will attend and his staff will provide an update to families and be available to make identification badges.  In addition, David Isay, Founder and President of StoryCorps will discuss his organization’s September 11th Initiative.  The National September 11 Memorial & Museum team, Thinc Design and Local Projects will provide an update on plans for the Memorial & Museum.  
The anniversary of 9/11 remains a challenge for all of us.  Our objective is to provide an informative and supportive environment for those who would like to join in.  We hope you will be able to attend! Contact our office to make reservations and visit our website for an updated schedule of events.  

Warm Regards,


Mary and the Voices Staff


VOICES September 10th and September 11th Events


September 10th Day of Remembrance and September 11th Commemorative Luncheon

Below are details on our Seventh Anniversary commemorative events. We are still updating our agenda so please visit our Seventh Anniversary Events Page for information and updates.



Cordially Invites You to Attend our Seventh Anniversary


September 10th Day of Remembrance

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Open to the Public


Panel discussions • Workshops9/11 Exhibits

Including Updates on the 9/11 Living Memorial Digital Archive and
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center


September 11th Commemorative Luncheon

For 9/11 Families, Rescue Workers and Survivors

Thursday, September 11,2008

12 noon to 3:00 pm

$20 per person


Marriott New York Downtown

85 West Street

New York City


This two-day event is a partnership between Voices of September 11th and

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center


Commemorative Luncheon
RSVP: Michelle Doherty
$20 per person
(203) 966-3911
Reservations by September 5th

Updated Schedule


10:00 am to 6:00 pm

9/11 Living Memorial Workshops

by Appointment

Panel Discussions, Breakout Sessions and 9/11 Exhibits


10:00 am



10:30 am to 11:00 am

Opening Remarks by Mary Fetchet, Founding Director, Voices of September 11th


11:00 am to 12 noon

National September 11 Memorial & Museum (NS11MM) Update


1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

9/11 Living Memorial, NS11MM Curators and StoryCorps September 11th Initiative


3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The Unmet Needs

of the 9/11 Community


4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Closing Session and Networking




To RSVP for the Day of Remembrance or to make a 9/11 Living Memorial Workshop appointment please contact Michelle Doherty at (203) 966 - 3911, mdoherty@voicesofsept11.org  


VOICES Programs and events


Teleconference Schedule:

Tuesday, August 26th: Rescue/Recovery Workers Group 7:00PM to 8:00PM

Wednesday, August 27th: Firefighter Mothers Group 10:00AM to 11:00AM


9/11 Living Memorial Workshops

Our biggest round of 9/11 Living Memorial workshops this year at our event in New York City on September 10th. 9/11 families, rescue workers and survivors are encouraged to attend the 9/11 Living Memorial workshops. Contact our office to schedule an appointment between 10 am and 6 pm on September 10th. Reservations can be made by contacting Michelle Doherty at mdoherty@voicesofsept11.org or by phone at (203) 966-3911. In addition, individual appointments can be scheduled at our New Canaan, CT office. For more information on how to participate in the 9/11 Living Memorial project, contact our office or visit www.911livingmemorial.org.





Saturday, August 23, 2008
FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation presents "Iron and Steel: NYC to Shanksville Motorcycle Run"

Be part of history as firefighters, law enforcement, veterans and citizens escort a section of World Trade Center Steel from New York City to Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

This Rain or Shine event departs Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY at 7AM Sharp. Registration begins at 5:30AM.

Visit www.firefamilytransport.org for more information.

Sunday, August 24, 2008
September 11, 2001: Connecticut Responds and Reflects
August 24 to September 28, 2008
Designed and developed by the Connecticut Historical Society Suffield Volunteer Ambulance Association
205 Bridge Street
Suffield, CT 06078
Saturday, August 3, 2008
Fall Fundraising Event 'Billy Elliott' (The Musical) =Last Day for Tickets=

Fred Gabler Helping Hand Camp Fund Fundraiser
Billy Elliot (The Musical)
Imperial Theater
249 West 45th Street
New York City


Price: $190 PER Ticket
RSVP by August 30th
Fred Gabler Helping Hand Camp Fund Events

Saturday, September 6, 2008
7th Annual Damian Meehan 5-K Memorial Run/Walk
Central Valley, NY
Saturday September 6, 2008
5th Annual Frank Thomas "F. T." Aquino Outing Texas Hold’em − Family Day
Nansens Lodge, Staten Island
Sunday, September 7, 2008
2nd Annual Brooklyn Freedom Walk

The Church of St. Brendan

Located at Avenue O between East 12th and East 13th Street

Hosted by Troop 446 Boy Scouts of America

Read More

Sunday, September 14, 2008
7th Annual Capt. Gerald F. DeConto U.S. Navy Scholarship 5-K Run/Walk
Sandwich, MA
Dave DeConto 508-888-8571


If you would like to include your upcoming event in our calendar, please forward the information to events@voicesofsept11.org


In the News


Public Webcast on WTC 7 Collapse

Fires in World Trade Center Building 7 caused the building to collapse on September 11, 2001, according to a report released yesterday by the Commerce Department's National Institute of  Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST held a public webcast on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 with its findings and recommendations following an extensive investigation into the collapse of the 47-story building.  The WTC investigation Web site at wtc.nist.gov has links to the full report, video and a broad range of accompanying materials. Public comments on the reports are being accepted from now until noon on September 15, 2008. Click here to learn more about submitting comments.

FDNY Releases Report on Deutsche Bank Fire

FDNY officials yesterday released a 176-page report and 40 pages of emergency radio transmissions recorded on the day two firefighters died in a fire at the damaged Deutsche Bank building near ground zero on August 18, 2007.  


The report points out that firefighters entering the badly damaged and contaminated Deutsche Bank building to fight the fire faced confusion about the water supply and blocked stairwells among other difficulties. A grand jury is considering criminal charges against the city as a result of the fire. Read more.