I attended the Joints are Jumpin event the other night for Harlem Week- the last event, and met this wonderful lady whom Lloyd Williams, CEO of the Harlem Chamber introduced to us all. She is Julie Menin, Chairwoman of Manhattan Community Board 1, which is lower Manhattan. We all know that the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is coming up shortly. A lot of us here in New York are already getting this horrible feeling in our stomachs, getting headaches and anxiety. That day was a day that we will never forget. Most New Yorker’s are suffering from post traumatic stress. Everyone was affected in some way. Let me just say this before I go on; during Harlem Week, there was a health panel discussing the effects of 9/11 on New Yorker’s mentally, physically and emotionally. One of the doctors started to do a slide show of never before released photos of the day of the attacks. The photos begin to show when people were jumping out of the buildings, some in mid-air. At that time I had to get up and go and as I got physically ill and burst out in tears. I had to wait until the slide show was over before going back into the room. It’s just too much for me, even now I am emotional. 9/11 affected everyone, not just lower Manhattan. This will be a very emotional time for all of us and all I can say is just hold onto your faith and stay strong!! Remember the ones who perished that day as they are looking down on us from heaven.
Julie and CB1 have formed an organization called www.handinhand911.org . On September 10th, starting at 8:45am, thousands of people will grasp hands to form a human Wall of Remembrance in Battery Park. The thing is you have to register online in order to be a part of the event. It is mandatory!!! It is going to be a wonderful event, everyone will get t-shirts and whatever additional things Julie has planned to give out. It is giving all of us a moment to be downtown and have our own kind of memorial service. The service on 9/11 is only for family and elected officials, and that is understandable, but a lot of us do not want to be left out as we lost our friends and business associates also. Julie said they can accommodate large groups of people, so here is the site again, http://www.handinhand911.org go to it and register, here is more info for you here.
On Thursday we launched our website for our event, Hand in
Hand – Remembering 9/11, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September
11, 2001 attacks. You can visit the website at http://www.handinhand911.org
On Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at 8:46am, thousands of
people will grasp hands to form a human chain along the waterfront from the tip
of Lower Manhattan heading north. There will also be a Wall of Remembrance in
historic Battery Park where you can post a message or memento. The 9/11
Memorial Museum will keep a portion of this wall for display for years to
come. In addition, downtown non-profits
will be hosting special community service projects throughout our neighborhood,
and we invite you to get involved and volunteer in the community.
Participation in the event is free and open to all, but you
must pre-register through the site at http://www.handinhand911.org We
encourage you to visit the site and pre-register early to ensure you can
participate. We will contact you prior to the event with instructions on which
Check-In station to report to on the morning of September 10th to assign you
your place in the chain. Please share this with all of your friends,
colleagues, and neighbors by forwarding this email, tweeting about it, or
posting and sharing on Facebook.
I hope you will join me as we stand hand in hand to
remember, reflect and unite.
Julie Menin, Chairwoman, Manhattan Community Board 1
Peace and Love,