❚ IN NEW YORK TODAY AT 13h30, the British vocalist Tony Hadley sings the National Anthem, God Save the Queen, at the memorial concert marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. In the presence of Danny Lopez, HM consul-general in New York, the event is being held in The British Garden, Hanover Square in Lower Manhattan, NYC, which was created with the endorsement of the British consulate-general to honour the 67 British subjects lost in the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. They were carried out by 19 hijackers seizing four planes, taking nearly 3,000 lives. President Barack Obama said that the tenth anniversary would be a day of “service and remembrance”. White House guidelines emphasise the theme of resilience, and warn of future attacks.
Providing the music along with Tony Hadley are InChorus, The Lothan & Borders Police Choir and Tayside Police Choir, The West Yorkshire Police Brass Band and the Allied Forces Foundation Pipes and Drums.
This year an invitation from Her Majesty the Queen to include Australians in the memorial has been gladly accepted by Australian prime minister, the Hon Julia Gillard. In New York Australian consul-general Phil Scanlan joins Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper among distinguished guests at the memorial concert, and the official memorial site includes a dedication to the Australian and Canadian victims of the 9/11 attacks, as well as British and American. The motto of the garden reads “Reflect, Remember, Rebuild”. As explained by Danny Lopez, this signifies that New York City is moving on but not forgetting. Following the ceremony, a gala fundraising dinner is being held on September 12, and funds raised will go toward the ongoing conservancy of the Garden.
Tony Hadley writing at Facebook today at 11:11
“ Here in New York City for today’s 9/11 Memorial Concert at the British Garden in Hanover Square. I feel very proud to be asked to come over to sing our National Anthem. Thanks to all the British Police I met in Brooklyn last night at the first ever block party that I have been to. It was fantastic. Cheers lads and lasses.”