September 8th, 2011
10:26 AM ET
Stars are teaming up in all sorts of different configurations to remember and honor the victims of 9/11.
From Broadway to the ball field, various projects have been planned to commemorate the tragedy’s 10th anniversary, and observe the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
In one of the biggest memorial projects, over 30 actors, singers and sports figures (as well as survivors of the attacks and relatives of victims) appear in the “I Will (Pay Tribute)” campaign that began this week, reports Look To The Stars.
Lady Gaga, Samuel L. Jackson, Mariska Hargitay, Hilary Duff, Jordin Sparks, New York Yankees’ first baseman Mark Teixeira, Fran Drescher, Joe Jonas, Pauly D, Nas, Julianne Hough and Drake Bell are among the celebrities encouraging people to do good deeds in observance of 9/11.
In a PSA for the campaign, New York native Lady Gaga recalls witnessing the 9/11 attacks. "We were in disbelief," she remembers. "We all watched the second tower fall together."
The service campaign asks, "What will you do to remember?" and “Jersey Shore” star Pauly D pledges, "I will call all my family members on that day."
To join the movement, visit 911day.org.
In the theater world, Billy Crudup, Melissa Leo, Edie Falco, Susan Sarandon, Chris Noth and Kathleen Turner will share their personal experiences at the 10th anniversary benefit reading of the play "110 Stories,” reports Entertainment Weekly. The event will take place on September 8 and 9 at Manhattan’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
Proceeds from the reading will be donated to the New York Says Thank You Foundation, which sends volunteers from New York City all over the country each year on 9/11 to help rebuild communities affected by disasters.
Broadway talents like Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Bebe Neuwirth and Brooke Shields will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Times Square with a tribute performance, reports Playbill. The show, which will include the classic song "New York, New York," will begin at 4 p.m. on September 9.
“Ten years ago Broadway united with the city to communicate that the shows must go on, just as life must; and now Broadway is banding together again to inspire participation in charitable projects in honor of those lost,” says Broadway League chairman Paul Libin. The Broadway community is working in collaboration with the “I Will” campaign to encourage the 9/11 tribute movement.
Patti LaBelle and country singer Alan Jackson will join President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. for the “Concert of Hope” on Sunday, reports Essence. President Obama will speak during the evening’s televised event, which concludes a three-day commemoration of the 10th anniversary. The event will air at 8 p.m. on September 11 on ABC and the Pentagon Channel.
TV shows are remembering 9/11 as well: According to the New York Post, "CSI: NY" will be paying tribute to 9/11 with a special storyline.
The premiere of the upcoming season yields answers about Mac Taylor's (Gary Sinise) wife, Claire, who was killed in the attacks. Sinise helped raise money to finish the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance, and the show will film special scenes there for the episode. The episode will air just after the 10th anniversary of 9/11. FX series "Rescue Me" also honored the anniversary with their season finale.
And while many professional teams are commemorating the anniversary of 9/11, here are just a few:
NASCAR announced a special in-race tribute – a three-lap moment of silence – to take place on Saturday, September 10 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
The NFL will pay their respects with the Jets season opener game against the Dallas Cowboys, reports ESPN. Fans will receive flags, there will be pregame tributes and 9/11 ribbons. The national anthem will be sung by Mary J. Blige. Robert De Niro will narrate a halftime moment honoring family members of 9/11 victims.
The Yankees held a pregame ceremony at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, where the baseball team honored veterans with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
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