Tuesday, September 6, 2011

In memory of the events of 9/11

The nation will gather to remember and commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday. The dedication of the 9/11 Memorial and opening of the 9/11 Museum, both of which are located in the footprints of the twin towers, extend much needed solace and hope to the families of the victims and the nation. (Animations of the new memorial are available here.)

These two monuments are incredible feats of engineering prowess (see "Engineering Ground Zero", a NOVA program set to air on September 7, 2011) and are magnificent tributes to the men, women and children who died in the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 attacks. The skill and mastery required to rebuild, especially within the short time frame, are incredible, but the architects, engineers and workers met the challenge. Their dedication extends from their love for their families, New York City and the country.

Charlottesville will commemorate locally at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. The ceremony will begin at 4:30 p.m. and includes concerts by The Virginia Consort, the UVa Glee Club, UVa Black Voices and the Charlottesville Municipal Band.

In preparation for the ceremonies, we invite you to peruse the titles we have available in the library, including (but not limited to):

The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11 by John Farmer
Touching History: The Untold Story of the Drama That Unfolded in the Skies Over America on 9/11 by Lynn Spencer
Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11 by Patrick Creed and Rick Newman
After: How American Confronted the September 12 Era by Steven Brill
September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond
Closure: The Untold Story of the Ground Zero Recovery Mission by Lt. William Keegan, Jr. with Bart Davis
Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11 by David Friend
Aftermath by Joel Meyerowitz

Join your fellow citizens of Charlottesville in commemorating this tragic event and help usher in a new era of hope.