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Dallas-Fort Worth 9/11 events

Dallas Morning News, Sept 6 2011

ARLINGTON, FORT WORTH, FRISCO AND MESQUITE: Four area malls will offer Operation Troop Talk as part of the national 9/11 Day Observance, Boxes will be set up for donations of loaded cell phone cards to send to soldiers at the Parks at Arlington, Interstate 20 and Cooper Street in Arlington; Hulen Mall, Interstate 20 and Hulen Street in Fort Worth; Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Road in Frisco; and Town East Mall, 2063 Town East Mall in Mesquite.


DALLAS: Southern Methodist University will hold several free public events to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The first event is a program with political science professor Seyom Brown at 3 p.m. in Dallas Hall, 3225 University Blvd. He will talk about “What Happened? A Historic Account.” 214-768-4255.

DENTON: The University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series features former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at 8 p.m. in the Coliseum, 600 Avenue D. Students can receive one free ticket and purchase guest tickets for $15; $20-$40 for general admission. 940-369-8324.


Southern Methodist University presents a display of 2,977 flags for each of the 9/11 victims in its Meadows Museum Sculpture Garden, 5900 Bishop Blvd. The flags will be on display Thursday through Sept. 11.
Southern Methodist University will hold a Maguire Public Scholar Lecture by professor William Abraham at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Club, 3034 Daniel Ave. He will talk about “Haunted Memories and Complex Loyalties.” Reservations required. 214-768-4255.

DENTON: The University of North Texas will hold a Red Cross blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Union, 1155 Union Circle. The World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth will hold roundtable panel discussions at 4 p.m. in the Gateway Center, 801 N. Texas Blvd.

RICHARDSON: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Dallas Chapter will hold a “Muslims for Life” blood drive to honor 9/11 victims at the University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road. 972-359-9785.


DALLAS: Southern Methodist University presents a program with several religious and peace leaders from 7 to 9 p.m. in Dallas Hall, 3225 University Blvd. The topic is “Ending the Cycles of Violence: Reflections on Compassion, Forgiveness and Healing.” Speakers include professor emeritus Bill McElvaney, Hind Jarrah of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation and ChiSing Eng, an ordained Buddhist monk. 214-768-4255.
St. Alcuin, 6144 Churchill Way, will hold a blood drive to commemorate 9/11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Wyly Performing Arts Center. 972-239-1745.

EULESS: Euless will hold a memorial ceremony that includes display of a 12-foot long steel beam from one of the Twin Towers at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Fire Department Administration Building, 201 N. Ector Drive. 817-685-1600.

FARMERS BRANCH: Farmers Branch will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with Stars and Spokes, an event that includes a mile-long bike tour for individuals and families and an advanced 3.5-mile circuit. Riders will start at 8 a.m. near Fire Station No. 3, 13303 Hutton Drive. Registration is at 7 a.m. The event includes children’s activities, information booths, a ceremony at 10 a.m. unveiling a commemorative plaque and a free lunch. Proceeds benefit the Texas Association of First Responders and the family of Dallas firefighter Lt. Todd Krodler.

IRVING: The Irving Fire Department will hold a ceremony dedicating a new Firefighter Memorial Wall at 9:30 a.m. at Irving Veterans Memorial Park, 644 Rock Island Road.

MCKINNEY: Collin College is hosting a ceremony honoring the victims of 9/11 at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Central Park Campus, 2200 W. University Drive. The event will include drum and pipe corps processional from area fire departments. A 90-pound piece of steel from one of the towers will be on display.

PLANO: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Dallas Chapter will hold a “Muslims for Life” blood drive to honor 9/11 victims at Asia World Market, 240 Legacy Drive. 972-517-8858.
The Fire and Police Department will hold a 9/11 10 Anniversary Commemoration program at 2 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 1901 Avenue K.

RICHARDSON: Richardson will hold a brief memorial at 8:30 a.m. at Police Headquarters, 140 N. Greenville Ave. There will be brief remarks, an official proclamation, a 21-gun salute and a presentation of the colors.
Police Department will commemorate the 10 anniversary of 9/11 with a ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at Police Headquarters, 140 N. Greenville Ave.

UNIVERSITY PARK: Each year, the University Park Fire Department honors those who during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The ceremony this year will be at 8:30 a.m. in front of the fire department, 3800 University Blvd.


ALLEN: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Dallas Chapter will hold a “Muslims for Life” blood drive to honor 9/11 victims at Allen Community Outreach, 801 E. Main St., 469-656-4270, and at Cabela’s, 1 Cabela Drive, 214-383-0502.

ARLINGTON: Moore Funeral Home, 1219 N. Davis Drive, will hold a memorial service dedicated to the victims of 9/11 at 10 a.m. The chapel service will conclude outdoors with a dove release ceremony.

DALLAS: Rocky Twyman of Maryland and Alfred Johnson of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist have organized a bone marrow drive from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffith St. A tribute to 9/11 victims will be from noon to 12:30 p.m. and picture of some 9/11 victims with Texas ties will be on display. 301-768-1076.

PLANO: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Dallas Chapter will hold a “Muslims for Life” blood drive to honor 9/11 victims at Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road. 469-688-0290


CARROLLTON : First United Methodist Church, 2201 E. Hebron Parkway, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at its services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The church will also hold a lunch, brief program and family activities. Reservations requested for the lunch program. 469-568-1240.

COCKRELL HILL: There will be a flag raising by the ROTC at 8 a.m. and the erection of a 30-foot flagpole at the intersection of Cockrell Hill Road and Jefferson Boulevard. A memorial program will follow. 214-500-8110.

COLLEYVILLE: Good Shepherd Catholic Community, 1000 Tinker Road, will hold a memorial service and community conversation at 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall. The event will include speakers of other faiths, table discussions and a memorial ceremony. 817-421-1387.


A 9/11 Heroes Run will be at 8 a.m. at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave. The event will continue along the Katy Trail. $25.

The Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the 343 New York firefighters who died on 9/11 will start at 8:30 a.m. at Renaissance Tower, 1201 Elm St. Active duty firefighters from Texas, Louisiana , Oklahoma and Arizona will wear the name and photo of one of the 343 who died as they climb 110 floors, which represents the height of the World Trade Center towers. A moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m., which is when the first plane flew into the North Tower, and the climb will start at 8:50 a.m. The climb is one of 40 scheduled nationwide. The Dallas climb will benefit the families of Texas firefighters who have died in the line of duty.

A communitywide commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be at 2 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. Speakers include Rabbi Andrew Paley, Bishop Kevin Farrell, Imam Yusuf Kavacki and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings . Shirley Davidoff, chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council, will serve as emcee. Free and open to the public. 214-615-5254.
The American Red Cross will hold a 9/11 commemorative program to thank area firefighters, police officers and members of the U.S. Armed Forces at 2 p.m. at its headquarters at 4800 Harry Hines Blvd. Speakers include Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Johnson, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano, Ground Zero firefighter Leslie Palmer, Susan Weeks of the American Red Cross and U.S. military members. Reservations requested by Friday to Anita Foster at 214-678-4510 or

Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane, will host its annual Unity Day at 5 p.m. The event will include a 9/11 Memorial and speakers from various faiths.

First Unitarian Church of Dallas, 4015 Normandy Ave., will host a Multi-Faith Prayer Service at 6 p.m. Other faith groups participating include Temple Emanu-El, the Islamic Association of North Texas, West Plano Presbyterian Church, Northaven United Methodist Church and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Plano. A reception will follow the service. 214-528-3990.

Southern Methodist University presents a program on “The Day the Whole World Watched” from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in Dallas Hall, 3225 University Blvd. Speakers include political science professors Seyom Brown and Matthew Wilson, ethics professor Robin Lovin, and UTD public policy professor Lloyd Dumas. A Service of Remembering will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the steps of Dallas Hall. The event will be presided over by SMU President R. Gerald Turner, Chaplain Stephen Rankin and Christina Rancke, who lost her father in the World Trade Center attack. 214-768-4255.

Thanks-Giving Square, 1627 Pacific Ave., will host an interfaith and civic event from 7 to 8 p.m. Speakers include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Michael Valentine of WFAA-TV, Chief Justice Carolyn Wright, Imam Yayha Abdullah and Rep. Ralph Hall. The Interfaith Singers will perform and the program will end with the square’s bells ringing 10 times—once for each year since 9/11. The Thanks-Giving Square Chapel will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free.

The Arts District Chorale presents a 9/11 Remembrance and Reconciliation Community Concert at 7 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 8011 Douglas Ave. Narrators include the Rev. Dr. Robert Dannals, Imam Dr. Yusuf Kavakci and Rabbi Debra Robbins. H. Michie Akin will conduct. Free with a ticket. Voluntary donations will benefit the American Red Cross. Tickets can be picked up at St. Michael’s; the Dallas Central Mosque, 840 Abrams Road in Richardson; Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road in Dallas; and the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. 214-942-5085.

DENTON: The University of North Texas will hold a memorial service and vigil at 7 p.m. on the Library Mall. Professor John Sparks will give a keynote address and speakers include representatives from campus student ministries and the Islamic Society of Denton.

FORT WORTH: The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., will host a 10th anniversary 9/11 Tribute and open an exhibit called the “9/11 Tribute” at the event. The tribute will start at 8:45 a.m. and end at 9:28 a.m., which is when the first building collapsed central time. Speakers include Rep. Kay Granger, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Judge B. Glen Whitley and several others. The Western Hills High School A Cappella Choir will perform. Following the tribute, guests can view “the beam” exhibit, a three-column structure that once supported three floors in the North Tower. The 6,500-pound structure will be permanently installed outside the main entrance in November. The ceremony and exhibit are free but fees apply to tour the museum, which opens at noon. 817-255-9300.

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 6400 Stonebrook Parkway, will hold a 9/11 commemorative event and the dedication of a new sculpture at 9:30 a.m. in the courtyard. The church is marking its 10th anniversary with a 12-foot Celtic Cross created from Texas limestone by Eliseo Garcia. 214-387-4700.

The Frisco Garden Club, with support from the city, will host a 9/11 Remembrance Service at 6 p.m. at Freedom Meadow at the Warren Sports Complex, 7599 Eldorado Parkway. Assistant Police Chief John Bruce will lead the pledge of allegiance as scouts, police officers and firefighters present the colors. A memorial wreath will be placed at Freedom Meadow monument by Mayor Maher Maso. Garden Club president Donna Schmittler will share her experiences in Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks.

GRAND PRAIRIE: First United Methodist Church, 122 N. Center St., will salute the military and first responders in honor of the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 at 9:02 and 11 a.m. Following the tributes, the Cub scouts will hold a luncheon. 972-264-6148.

GRAPEVINE: The city plans a full day of events to honor the heroes of 9/11. The city is also hosting the World Airline Road Race, an annual event that this year will benefit the 9/11 Memorial Foundation Texas and Search One Rescue Team. Festivities start with a flag lowering and memorial program at 7:30 a.m. at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Plaza, 1000 Texan Trail. At Meadowmere Park, races start with a 10K race at 7:30 a.m. A 5K is at 9 a.m. and a one-mile remembrance run and dog walk will be at 10:30 a.m. Registration is $37 per person per race. Visit Entertainment will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Meadowmere. Brave Combo and Shelly Laine are scheduled to perform. At the Palace Theater, a screening of the film The Guys will be at 1 p.m. and the film United 93 will be at 4 p.m. A closing ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Plaza. 817-410-3185.

HIGHLAND PARK: The University Park Honor Guard will post the colors in remembrance of 9/11 victims at 6 p.m. at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University Blvd. 214-526-7457.

First Baptist Church, 403 S. Main St., will hold a prayer salute with full orchestra and choir to honor the armed forces, law enforcement staff and firefighters at its three services—8:45, 10 and 11 a.m. First responders are invited to attend in uniform. 972-254-1171.
Glory House Bistro, 109 S. Main St., will hold an Honoring Our 9/11 Heroes event at 10:30 a.m. 972-259-1123.
The Irving Public Library will hold a “Remembering 9/11” event at 2 p.m. at the Central Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd. The Irving Symphonic Band will perform. The event includes readings and the opportunity to record personal memories. Free. 972-721-2606.

The Lewisville Fire Department will hold a ceremony from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the Firefighter Memorial at the Central Fire Station, 188 N. Valley Parkway. The event will include a piece of a steel beam from the South Tower and a listing of all the public safety personnel who died that day. Free. 972-219-3580.

First Baptist Church, 1251 Valley Ridge Parkway, will host “Remember and Reflect,” a musical presentation honoring 9/11 victims at 7 p.m. Musicians from area churches and civic choruses will participate. Free but donations to benefit Christian Community Action are welcome.

RICHARDSON: The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Dallas Chapter will hold a “Muslims for Life” blood drive to honor 9/11 victims at Unity of Richardson, 300 Coit Road. 469-688-0290.


COPPELL: Coppell will hold a Patriot Day Ceremony at 9 a.m. at Town Center Plaza, 255 Parkway Blvd. The event will feature the Fire and Police Department Color Guards and the Fire Department Bagpipe and Drum Corps. Free. 972-462-0022.

UNIVERSITY PARK: University Park Fire Chief Rand Howell will make brief remarks about 9/11 during the campus flag-raising ceremony at 7:30 a.m. at University Park Elementary School, 3505 Amherst Ave. 214-780-3400.


MESQUITE: World Trade Center survivor Brian Clark will speak to 11th grade students at John Horn High School, 3300 E. Cartwright, at 1:30 p.m. memorial program hosted by the Mesquite ISD social studies department. 972-288-6411.

OCT. 16

IRVING: The Irving Chorale and Brookhaven Choral Society present a concert called “And on Earth, Peace” to honor the victims of 9/11 at 6 p.m. at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church, 1615 W. Airport Freeway in Irving. $1-$20. 972-252-2787.

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