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A trio of tributes

Detail of artwork by theater students at Arizona School for the Arts

Detail of artwork by theater students at Arizona School for the Arts

In Tempe Beach Park, a flag is flying for each person who perished in the attacks of September 11, 2001. So too in Battery Park, New York — where stripes on the flags have been replaced by the names of those killed, and people gathered Saturday morning to form a human chain of solidarity and remembrance.

Candlelight vigils in Scottsdale and countless cities throughout the world are honoring those lost, as well as those who remain. A beam from the World Trade Center is being installed at a Gilbert memorial, and a sculpture crafted of three sections of WTC buildings has been unveiled in London’s Battersea Park — a tribute to the 67 Britons lost that day.

Detail of Tiles for America exhibit in New York City

But it’s a trio of tributes, our country’s permanent memorials to 9/11, that most will visit in coming days, decades and beyond. One in Pennsylvania. One in New York. One in Washington, D.C.

I was particularly moved while watching a live C-SPAN broadcast of the dedication ceremony Saturday morning for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, where the heroism of everyday Americans was honored by dignitaries, artists, family members and others.

Poet Robert Pinsky read two works — “Souvenir of the Ancient World” by Carlos Drummond de Andrade and “Incantation” by Czeslaw Milosz. The second was interrupted at our house by a call from the National Republican Party. The timing made my stomach turn.

Art from one of two Tiles for America exhibits in NYC

I heard an interview with George Packer, who has a piece titled “Coming Apart” in the Sept 12, 2011 issue of New Yorker magazine, on NPR today. He noted that two things he’d hoped might change about America in the aftermath of 9/11 are much the same. Our partisan politics and the growing gap between America’s rich and poor.

I hope our national 9/11 memorials will help to change that. Reminding us of what we have in common. Reminding us that every person matters. Reminding us to volunteer in service to others. Reminding us to be grateful.

During the “New York Says Thank You” documentary broadcast on local FOX affiliates Saturday evening, several people involved with the “I Will” campaign shared ways they’ll be honoring those directly affected by 9/11.

More street art from Tiles for America

Actor Mariska Hargitay plans to volunteer at her local domestic violence shelter. A teen girl says she’ll “clean up my room.” A middle-aged man plans to plant a tree at the Flight 93 National Memorial. And a woman about my age says simply, “I will forgive.”

The Friends of Flight 93 and the National Parks Service (which operates the Flight 93 National Memorial) are partnering with the Fred M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent’s College in Pennsylvania for an October event titled “9/11 Forum: Impact on Young Children.” And folks far and wide have started discussions about incorporating 9/11 into school curriculum materials.

My “I Will” is following the developments of the trio of tributes best known to Americans and sharing them with our readers, not just on 9/11 but throughout the year. But also the everyday stories of children, families, teachers, artists and others working to make September 12 and every day that follows a day of healing, humility and hope.

– Lynn

Note: Learn more about the Flight 93 National Memorial at www.npca.org and www.honorflight93.org, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial at www.pentagonmemorial.org and the 9/11 Memorial in NYC at www.911memorial.org. All three appreciate gifts of time and money as they move forward honoring those affected by 9/11. Learn about “I Will” at www.911day.org.  Watch eight artists “talk about how that day and its aftermath have informed their work and lives” at www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/09/02/us/sept-11-reckoning/artists.html?ref=arts.

Coming up: A photo tour of memorials at Phoenix’s Wesley Bolin Plaza

Broadway baby meets “Broadway Unites”

Kick line meets jazz hands during Broadway Unites 2011 in Times Square in New York (Photo by Liz Trimble)

I’ve been blogging about the arts every day for about two years now, often attending live theater productions with daughter Lizabeth at my side. But Lizabeth moved to NYC last week to pursue her own acting dreams, so now we can cover twice the territory.

Mamma Mia! meets Jersey Boys at Broadway Unites 2011 in Times Square

I’m the “Stage Mom” covering arts in Arizona, and she’s the “Broadway Baby” in charge of the New York City beat. Friday she had her first assignment — covering the Broadway League’s “Broadway Unites” event.

A view of Broadway Unites on the Times Square Jumbotron

When I asked if she’d like to cover the event, Lizabeth offered a resounding “I will” — fitting given that the fine folks from “I Will” were heavily involved in Friday’s giant song and dance fest. They’re working to engage the community in making 9/11 a national day of remembrance and service.

Broadway Unites supports a 9/11 Tribute Day and I Will campaign

Lizabeth approached the gig with real professionalism, breaking in a blazer she’s since dubbed her “reporter’s jacket.” Unlike attending an event in “fan mode,” attending in “cub reporter” mode means no asking for autographs and the like.

An impressive lineup of performers participated in Broadway Unites

She was ready to interview performers, but felt she should defer to reporters from The New York Times and other major media outlets. The New York Times is revered at our house, and their cameras are a tad bigger than the ones used by hometown bloggers.

Before Broadway Unites Lizabeth thought only her parents did the disco

Still, Lizabeth captured great photos of the gig — sending them to me in a series of e-mails with subject lines like “La la la” (pictures of the “Sister Act” nuns) and “No!” (people over 21 doing the disco).

Broadway loves firefighters and firefighters love Broadway

Lizabeth described her biggest challenge as capturing a photo of the firefighters who participated without a set of looming “golden arches” in the background, then noted the irony in typical college student fashion.

Officer meets opera as Daniel Rodriguez appears on the Times Square Jumbotron

She’s headed to a Mets game with fellow students now — but plans to follow up with more photos and other fun details this weekend, which I’ll add to a future update of this post. First, no doubt, she’ll be doing all that lovely college homework.

Broadway Unites hopes to inspire people to remembrance and service

To learn more about “9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance” and the “I Will” project, visit www.911day.org. Sometimes even grown-ups need to do a bit of homework.

– Lynn

Note: All photos by Liz Trimble (with thanks to her dad for the nifty new camera)

Coming up: A trio of tributes, 9/11 on stage and screen, National Arts in Education Week, Shakespeare’s “Recipe for Revenge”