Muslims to hold 9/11 vigil at U.S. Capitol
WHAT: On WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based Islamic civil rights and advocacy group, will host an interfaith memorial event at the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., to mark the second anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and to challenge those who seek to divide America along religious or ethnic lines.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Capitol Reflecting Pool (Westside), Washington, D.C.
The event, “A Day of National Unity,” will include songs by a children’s choir, speeches from local and national community and religious leaders and a candlelight vigil in memory of those who died in the attacks. (Groups or individuals interested in participating in the vigil should contact Joshua Brockwell at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-488-8787, ext. 3221) The event will also include presentation of the first annual “Voice of Unity Award” to the Hate Free Zone Campaign of Washington, an organization founded in response to the post-9/11 backlash against American Muslims, Arab-Americans and those perceived to be Middle Eastern.
“Now more than ever, we must come together as one nation to challenge the voices of division in our society,” said CAIR Board Chairman Omar Ahmad. “The threat of terrorism, and our response to it, continues to test our ability to live together in a spirit of interfaith harmony and inclusion. This is a test we must pass if America is to maintain the values of religious tolerance we all hold dear.”
CAIR is American’s largest Islamic civil liberties group. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 16 regional offices nationwide and in Canada.