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Massachusetts Remembers 9/11 
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Massachusetts Remebers 9/11 

The Massachusetts National Guard Color Guard presents the colors on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade Sept. 11, 2011. The event, Massachusetts Remembers 9/11 is a tribute to America and those who lost their lives on 9/11, and for American military members who have served and are serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world. (U.S. Army Photo by Army Pfc. Lucas J. Prikazsky, 65th Public Affairs Operations Center)

Lt. Col. Dan Nash

Lt. Col. Dan Nash, an F-15 pilot with the Massachusetts Air National Guard, 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Mass., speaks on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, at the Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade, Sept. 11, 2011 (U.S. Army Photo by Army Pfc. Lucas J. Prikazsky, 65th Public Affairs Operations Center)

By Army Lt. Col. James Sahady, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs 

BOSTON – Over 6,000 people attended a heart moving event commemorating the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 at the Hatch Snell on the Boston Esplanade on Sept. 11, 2011.

During the ceremony and concert, Massachusetts Remembers paid tribute to those lost on that tragic day, as well as to the men and women in uniform. The ceremony included over 200 performers, readings, poems, and prayers. Speakers included Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, media personality Liz Walker, and Susan Retik, co-founder of Beyond the 11th.

“Good afternoon brothers and sisters. 10 years ago this morning life changed. We were attacked without warning or reason. We lost loved ones that day and in too many days since.” Patrick said. “We are gathered on a very solemn occasion, 10 years after the world changed for America and for others around the world, yet using this occasion and those attacks and those memories to bring something positive forward…I believe is the ultimate expression of our victory,” he said.

Also in attendance were Sec. Mary Heffernan, Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, Seventh Congressional District of Massachusetts, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and many other local dignitaries.

Lt. Col. Dan Nash, an F-15 pilot with the Massachusetts Air National Guard, spoke at the event regarding his involvement in the military during the 9/11 attacks. Nash was one of two Massachusetts Air National Guard pilots sent to New York on September 11 to protect the skies and clear the New York City airspace.

A prominent giant mural of the American flag created by Massachusetts school children shortly after 9/11 was displayed during the event. The mural, half the size of a football field, was comprised of over 50,000 individual red, white and blue 6 inch tiles of fabric, each possessing a message of peace, hope and patriotism.

Massachusetts Remembers also payed tribute to American military members serving and protecting our nation around the world. The tribute included: Readings, poems, interfaith prayers and songs by The Boston Pops Brass Ensemble and the Boston Children's Chorus that provided for a moment of reflection and remembrance. 

The Massachusetts Remembers Organization is a coalition supported by a variety organizations and agencies to help pay tribute to the heroes and victims of 9/11. They also honor American military members who have served and are serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world. 

9/11/2011