I received a very nice email from the good folks at Voices of September 11th earlier this week, and they encourage everyone to light a candle to remember all those souls who perished on September 11, 2001, and for all victims of terrorism that night.
VOICES of September 11th would like to invite your family, community or organization to participate in the inaugural Always Remember 9/11 Candle-Lighting Vigil on the evening of September 11th, 2006 at 7:00 pm.
“The Always Remember 9/11 Candle-Lighting Vigil is an international gesture on the fifth anniversary of September 11th designed to honor the lives lost on 9/11 and unify the global community affected by terrorism” – Mary Fetchet
At the appointed time, 7:00 pm in local time zones, on September 11th, 2006, VOICES encourages individuals and communities at home and abroad to light a candle privately, publicly and in unison in memory of those who perished and survived on 9/11 and our international community affected by terrorism. VOICES has reached out to tri-state family organizations, survivors, and rescue workers. We have also asked state universities, 9/11 charities and international networks of victims’ families in Afghanistan, London, Beslan, Barcelona, Jordan and Israel to participate. We hope that you, too, will join us by planning a candle-lighting vigil, in addition, to any gesture you see fit – a moment of silence, a reading of names, a song, readings or otherwise.
Ways to participate in the vigil: - Privately light a candle - Host an event in your home, office, community, university or place of worship - Organize a vigil in your neighborhood using luminaries.
Please share this with friends and family so that we all may adopt this universal gesture on the fifth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Make the collective candle-lighting a tradition in years to come to commemorate the lives of those lost to terrorism and provide support and hope to those who survived.
I hope you will all join me in this wonderful tribute.