Houston Remembers 9/11: An Evening of Remembrance and Unity

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The 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is especially significant because it represents the survival of a nation and its ability to turn great loss and heartache into cultural unity, patriotism, perseverance and rebirth. Houstonians have never hesitated to support their fellow Americans during national disasters and other crises.

The Houston Police Department will begin the evening at 7 p.m. with a procession led by HPD Chief Charles McClelland and the HPD Honor Guard.  A group of nearly a dozen prominent faith leaders will share their joint sentiments followed by a 30-minute performance of Houston Grand Opera’s Pieces of 9/11, Memories from Houston, a song cycle by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Commissioned as part of the HGOco Song of Houston project, the work commemorates those Houstonians who were affected by — and responded to — the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

Houston Remembers 9/11 follows with a screening of Rebirth at 8:15 p.m., a feature-length documentary that follows the transformation of five people over the course of 10 years. The film also simultaneously tracks, via multi-camera time-lapse photography, the evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose over lower Manhattan.

Immediately following the conclusion of the film, as the lights are still dimmed, members of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets’ Ross Volunteers will fire a rifle volley, followed by the playing of Taps and a candlelight vigil for anyone who wishes to participate. Guests are also invited to remember and celebrate the lives of those lost at dignitymemorial.com/911 by signing the Guest Book. Originally launched in Sept. 2001, the Guest Book has received more than 6 million visitors and more than 200,000 entries.

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Event Details



Discovery Green
1500 McKinney St.
Houston, TX 77010


Ticket Info

Admission is free


Dignity Memorial