Officials in Sharon will be presenting a "Remember to Remember September 11" tribute today, Sept. 11, beginning at 8:46 a.m., according to an announcement from the Sharon Fire Department Monday.
The event will be aired on Sharon's AM radio station 1630, and a listening station will be set up at the Michael C. Rothberg Memorial Clock outside of SHaron Town Hall.
The event will feature a reading of the names of the 2,977 people who were killed by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The tribute will begin at 8:46 a.m. today, and is being presented by the Sharon Fire Department. The reading takes about three hours.
Rothberg, a Sharon native, was on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. In addition, Sharon natives Rachel and Joshua O'Dette volunteered as relief workers at Ground Zero the next day. Rachel O'Dette is an event organizer for the Remember to Remember September 11 tribute; her mother, Myra O'Dette, is the memorial coordinator and photographer.
Upon conclusion of the reading of the names at approximately 11:35 a.m. on Tuesday, the Sharon Fire Department will conduct a brief ceremony honoring the public safety personnel who lost their life on 9/11.
From the SFD announcement:
The, now historic, recording was read by actress Betsy Palmer, actor Jerry Orbach, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at The Pentagon, Public Affairs Officer Alan Hicks of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANY&NJ), and volunteers at the New York Unit of the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D) organization.
Ms. Palmer read the names of the victims of Flight 11, Flight 175, Flight 77, and Flight 93. The volunteers at RFB&D recorded the names of the victims at the World Trade Centers and the FDNY Firemen. Mr. Hicks recorded the names of the Officers from PANY&NJ. Mr. Orbach read the names of the NYPD Police Officers. Adm. Mullen read the names of The Pentagon victims.
Remember to Remember September 11 was organized by Artist/Poet James Pelletier in collaboration with RFB&D, the United Nations, and The Pentagon. Production Director Todd Palumbo oversaw the recordings read by Ms. Palmer, Mr. Orbach, Mr. Hicks, and the volunteers at RFB&D in their NYC studios. Adm. Mullen recorded the names at The Pentagon. The United Nations Translation and Editorial Division offered their help with the pronunciation of victims’ names.
This year’s theme is from Ecclesiastes 9:11-12. “11. Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.12. For man does not know his time.Like fish that are taken in an evil net, and like birds that are caught in a snare, so the children of man are snared at an evil time, when it suddenly falls upon them.”
Pelletier, 61, of Winchendon, has been involved with 9/11 memorials since 2001. He volunteered at Ground Zero for several months in the wake of the 9/11 attack. The recording was first presented in 2002, as part of the first anniversary tributes in Battery Park, NYC. In 2008, Remember to Remember September 11 was expanded to include all the names of the victims. Pelletier proudly states, “No one was ever paid one penny to create the recording. It is act of dignity, and dignity is more powerful that destruction.