September 11, 2023 Commemoration

8:30AM | Moment of Silence and Reading of Names
Front Steps of the Massachusetts State House

WelcomeLeslie Blair, MA 9/11 Fund Family Advisory Member

”To Where You Are” by Josh Groban

Governor Maura Healey, presiding

American Flag Presentation 
‘Star Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key performed by Boston Children’s Chorus

The Flag will be presented in honor of those who died on September 11, 2001
Environmental Color Guard

Bill Moore and LTC (Ret) Samuel Poulten


8:46 AM | Moment of Silence

”We Remember Them” – Leslie Blair

Reading of the Names for our Family Members and Friends
Governor Maura Healey, Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll, Mayor Michelle Wu, Leslie Blair, Pat & Bob Hoban, Bridget Morrissey, Stephanie Holland, Diane Hunt, Claudia Jacobs, Sonita Tita Puopolo, Katie Cardamone, Karin Giansanti

Bell Ringing – Olivia Charles

Please note: names are read in alphabetical order with the exception of the relatives of the readers.

9:40AM | Commemoration Observance & Madeline Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery Presentation
Massachusetts State House Chamber of the House of Representatives

The Pledge of Allegiance

Welcome – Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts, Kate Hogan

Introductory Remarks – Pat Hoban

Musical Performance by the Boston Children’s Chorus

Family Speakers – Stephanie, HollandMara Alvarado

Living Legacies: The Children of 9/11 Video

Poem – Diane Hunt

“We Remember Them” Video Tribute

The 2023 Madeline ”Amy” Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery
Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll and Anna Sweeney

Benediction – Sr. Rosemary Brennan, CSJ Sisters of St. Joseph

Musical Performance by Boston Children’s Chorus

Closing Remarks
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts, Kate Hogan. Sign Language interpretation provided by the MA Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


1:30PM | Wreath Laying Ceremony – Boston Public Garden, 9/11 Contemplative Garden

Mayor Michelle Wu, presiding

Laying the Wreath with Mayor WuKarin Giansanti, Olivia Charles and Ethan Charles

Emcee – Karin Giansanti

Bagpipes from Boston Police Gaelic Column

”God Bless America” by Irving Berlin – performed by Boston Police Officer Steve McNulty


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