This weekend marks ten years since the 9/11 terror attacks, and celebrities are joining the rest of the world in commemorating the anniversary.
Flight 93 National Memorial
Bill Clinton will join George W. Bush, Laura Bush and Sarah McLachlan at the September 10 dedication ceremony of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Beginning at approximately 9:30 a.m. The memorial service will take place at the newly-opened memorial plaza surrounding the site where Flight 93 crashed at 10:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001. President Obama is expected to visit the Flight 93 National Memorial later that day.
More information about the event can be found here.
Life Changing Lives – One Nation One Heart Gala
September 11, 2011 will set the tone for the fourth annual Life Changing Lives – One Nation. One Heart. Gala held at the City National Grove of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. This special evening will honor the brave men, women and children who lost their lives on that fateful day ten years ago and will also shine a spotlight on our nation’s heroes who continue to inspire the best in all of us. Proceeds raised will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, the Muhammad Ali Center, The Joe Foss Institute, Pretend City Children’s Museum and Chapman University.
This year’s Life Changing Lives Gala will be another star-studded red carpet event featuring live musical performances, a live auction and a moving tribute to this year’s honorees. This year Life Changing Lives will honor three iconic men whose professional and humanitarian accomplishments have made them worthy of celebration. Boxing champion and humanitarian Muhammad Ali, the highly decorated retired Air Force Major General William Lyon and successful entrepreneur Ambassador George Argyros will all be in attendance to accept their awards. Lieutenant General William G. Boykin (ret) will also make a special appearance on behalf of the Joe Foss Institute to discuss the importance of instilling patriotism back into our schools.
The evening will feature performances by GRAMMY Award winning artist Robin Thicke, International platinum selling recording artists The Canadian Tenors and “American Idol” Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze. A very special rendition of the national anthem will be performed by Firefighter Paramedic Humberto Agurcia, who will be joined onstage by the Los Angeles County Fire Department Honor Guard. As Humberto sings the final verse, attendees will witness another symbol of our freedom as the bald eagle Challenger flies overhead and across the room to start the program. Emmy-Award winning host Roy Firestone will serve as emcee throughout the night and guests will enjoy a gourmet four-course menu designed by celebrity chef Cat Cora.
The event takes place at The City National Grove of Anaheim – 2200 East Katella Avenue – Anaheim, CA. More information can be found here.
I Will (Pay Tribute)
In a drive to organize the single largest day of charitable service in U.S. history in observance of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, MyGoodDeed – a leading 9/11 nonprofit organization – and HandsOn Network, the volunteer activation division of Points of Light Institute, have launched an inspiring national public service announcement (PSA) campaign.
The powerful campaign, themed “I will (pay tribute),” features relatives of 9/11 victims and survivors of the attacks, along with celebrities and others encouraging people everywhere to engage in good deeds and voluntary service in honor of those who perished in the attacks in observance of the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
Appearing in the campaign ads and/or online are more than 30 actors, singers and sports figures, including Samuel L. Jackson, Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Duff, Jordin Sparks, New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Baron Davis. Each shares their good deed plans for 9/11 and urges others to join them by saying, “I will,” the initiative’s call to action to “remember by doing.”
Find out more here.
To commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11, a highly distinguished cast of film, TV & stage actors will gather for a charity benefit reading of Sarah Tuft’s “110 Stories” on September 8th & 9th at The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan.
Bikers Helping Veterans
Connie Stevens, Jake Busey, Joely Fisher and many others will take part in the Bikers Helping Veterans West Coast Charity Ride on Sunday. The event starts at the Veterans Home of California, West LA, 11500 Nimitz Ave at 10am. More info here.
Trace Adkins In Germany
Trace Adkins will be heading to Ramstein Air Base in Germany to perform a special concert for the troops and their families stationed there with the USO in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the attacks on America on Sept. 11, 2001. The concert will be broadcast live internationally on American Forces Network, beginning at 6 p.m. CEST (Europe)/ 7 p.m. AST (Baghdad) and stateside by The Pentagon Channel at noon EST/11 a.m. CST.
Concert Of Hope
Barack and Michelle Obama will attend the Concert Of Hope at the Washington National Cathedral on Sunday, along with Patti LaBelle and Alan Jackson. The event will air at 8 p.m. on September 11 on ABC and the Pentagon Channel.