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REMEMBRANCE SERVICES


Since the tragic events of September 11th, a number of services in memory to those lost, have taken place, including an annual service in New York and London. Details of these services are attached below.

SEPTEMBER 11th 2004 IN NEW YORK CITY


There will be an observance at the World Trade Center site in the morning, with parents and grandparents playing a large part in this year's ceremony by reading the names of the victims. While the names are being read, family members will be able to descend the ramp to the lowest level of the site where they may lay flowers. The ceremony will pause to mark the times that each plane hit the towers and two to mark each time the towers fell. The ceremony will conclude at noon approx. though the site will remain open to families until 4.00pm. There will also be a "Tribute in Light" at sundown. If you would like to read or suggest a parent or grandparent to participate in the reading of the names, please email cferer@cityhall.nyc.gov or call (212) 442 8953. For further details, please visit www.nyc.gov or call (212) 442 8953.

[Taken from a letter sent from 'The City of New York Office of the Mayor New York, N.Y. 10007 August 12 2004 ]


A Beautiful Garden, A Sombre Day - by Mary Jolliffe

My initial feelings on seeing our Memorial Garden in Grosvenor Square were that of intense sadness that it was necessary to have such a Memorial, mixed with pride that our loved ones are being honoured and remembered in this way. The plants reflected the loving care with which they had been chosen, planted and tended. Masses of tall, white lilies contrasted to the many shades of green that was all around. Each plant reflecting poignant memories as they were chosen by the families. On a purely personal note, one perfect little rose was blooming for Dainty Dinah, near to the Rosemary for remembrance of Neil.

The weeks leading up to the Anniversary had been particularly painful, as each day was relived over and over again. Music was played by the Thoresby Colliery Welfare Band as we were taking our seats, and later during the ceremony, it helped to soothe our feelings a little and was much appreciated.

It meant a lot to us that Dame Judi Dench had made special plans in order to join us and, as was the case at our earlier Memorial Services, her reading of Christina Rossetti’s poem “Remember” touched many hearts.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal undertook the formal opening of the Memorial Garden and in a short address she expressed the feelings of so many people who would like to be of some help to the bereaved families except, they did not know how. She hoped that some comfort would be derived from having a dedicated place to visit and that the Garden would remain a living memorial where a little peace might be found and which future generations could continue to visit.

Princess Anne then placed a single white rose on the centre-piece Memorial Stone, inviting representatives of each family to lay a rose. Photographs and cards were added to these by some people and this part of the ceremony – although we needed to be part of it - became almost unbearable, the weight of grief was heavy in the air. A final rose was placed by Firefighter James Kerwin from Ladder 33 of the New York City Fire Department, to commemorate all those members of the emergency services who laid down their lives.

We were particularly pleased that Sophie Brandt, from the British Red Cross was able to be with us that afternoon, her last time with us before her next assignment in Zimbabwe. The help Sophie has given to so many families, both practical and emotional, is immeasurable and she has become a personal friend to all who have had contact with her. She read Henry van Dyke’s moving words on Time.

At the end of the formal proceedings we were grateful to find that refreshments had been prepared for us in a large marquee set up in the Square. There were many people we had not met before and it was an opportunity to exchange experiences, it is remarkable how our common bond makes it natural to talk to each other with a depth that is not always easy to achieve in everyday life. It was evident that many families have found this second year even more difficult than the first, this Anniversary in particular.

Many of us were able to speak to Princess Anne, who showed a genuine interest in talking with us.

We would like to thank all those who looked after us with such kindness, some from the DCMS and many others we did not know, each one of them in their own way helped us to get through the day.

Mary Jolliffe
30.1.2004



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