When: Sun., Sept. 11 2011
Today from coast to coast, Americans are pausing to commemorate the heroic first responders of September 11, 2001, and to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on that terrible day. On the North Coast, we'll mark the solemn occasion through a series of activities on and around Public Square beginning at 2:30 p.m. That's when a procession steps off from the Western Reserve Fire Museum (310 Carnegie Ave.) featuring the Cleveland Firefighters Honor Guard and their Memorial Pipes and Drums, accompanied by three FDNY fire trucks that were present at Ground Zero. Once the procession arrives at Public Square, community groups including the Cleveland Public Library, the Maltz Museum, and the Old Stone Church will share poems, songs, essays, and photographic images of peace. The memorial wraps up at 5 p.m. when the Cleveland Orchestra, under the direction of Loras John Schissel, takes the stage with an all-American program of patriotic and reflective music including works by Copeland, Irving Berlin, and Carmen Dragon's I Am an American, narrated by Robert Conrad. It's all free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair and some tissues — and keep the car at home if at all possible. With as many as 50,000 people expected to descend upon the square, plus the Browns' home opener taking place across town, things are going to get crowded. — Elaine T. Cicora Superior Avenue and Ontario Street, clevelandorchestra.com.