Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thru the night with a light from above

Speaking of 9/11 Tributes, my wife and I have the attended the Linden Hills 911 Tribute at the Lake Harriet Band Shell a number of times in the nine years since the attacks and have always found the program moving and poignant:

Our 9th annual concert will take place on Saturday evening September 11th 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Lake Harriet Band Shell. Please join with us in an evening of music, flag waving and reflection as we honor the memory of those who lost their lives that day. We especially want to invite parents to bring their children. They will receive an American flag to wave as they march in the parade though the aisles. There will be a couple minutes of fireworks at the end.

Here's the musical lineup:

Fanfare for the Common Man--Aaron Copland

The Star-Spangled Banner

American Kalidiscope – Carol Barnett

Symphony no. 2, finale – Howard Hanson

Armed Forces Salute – arr. Lowden

Semper Fidelis – John Phillip Sousa

America the Beautiful – Samuel Ward/Katherine Lee Bates/arr. A. Luck

Selections from The Tender Land – Aaron Copland

Stomp your foot, Laurie's Song, The Promise of Living

Let me fly – Robert DeCormier

Hymn to the Fallen – John Williams

When the saints go marching in – Gospel hymn/arr. Rutter

God Bless America – Irving Berlin/Roy Ringwald

The entire event is infused with patriotism and is a reminder of the way the country came together in response to the 9/11 attacks. We should never forget the victims of 9/11. We should also never forget that despite all of our differences, when put to the test we can still unite as Americans.