The Lincoln Memorial will light up the Mall on eve of 9/11, with a Broadway musical noting an arts rebirth and a solemn anniversary

On September 10, 2021, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, a free concert performance of Come from Away will be presented to welcome theatre back to Washington DC and to mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.

Members of the Broadway company will perform in a production dreamed up by Paul Tetreault, director of Ford’s Theatre. The audience on the National Mall could number in the thousands, reports Peter Marks for the Washington Post.

“There’s not a better story to tell to have people acknowledge that in darkness, there can be hope, there can be the promise of a better tomorrow,” said Tetreault.

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Lt. Edith Torres, FDNY EMS, honored by street-naming ceremony

On July 17, 2021, an Astoria street was named for FDNY EMS Lt. Edith Torres, who died of World Trade Center-related cancer in 2017.

The intersection of 34th Avenue and 21st Street is now known as EMS Lt. Edith Elida Torres Way, reports Julia Moro for

Lt. Torres served the FDNY for 23 years, starting in Battalion 49 in Astoria.

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro told those in attendance at the renaming ceremony,“Off-duty on 9/11, she responded, and spent many hours at the site, working to provide medical care that day and for countless days afterward. It is that selfless work that led to the illness that claimed her life – and our gratitude to Edith will not diminish even as time passes, and our obligation to her family will not be forgotten.”

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9/11 survivor Krista Salvatore helps make flags for upcoming Labor Day display in St. Louis

Krista Salvatore, who was 22 years old on September 11, 2001, was training for a new job on the 61st floor of the World Trade Center’s South Tower when terrorists attacked it.

“I think about it every day. I mean, I think about 9/11 every day it changed my life,” she told Ty Hawkins of the Daily News.

She now lives near St. Louis and is assisting Flags of Valor with their Labor Day flag display.

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