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The worlds of politics, sports, entertainment, fashion and art paused Sunday to remember a day of tragedy and a decade of loss, struggle and renewal sparked by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Cities across the nation held memorial ceremonies, and similar services took place around the world, including in Europe, the Philippines and Australia. Still, a few protests erupted over U.S. policy in the post-9/11 world.
The entertainment community, which came together after Sept. 11 to raise money for victims’ families and recovery efforts, played its own role in marking the tragic day’s 10th anniversary.
David Bowie, Lou Reed and other artists performed at a free concert in the SoHo neighborhood of lower Manhattan. The New York Philharmonic, the New York Choral Society and other groups also performed in the city on Sunday.
The bitter rivalry between the Washington Redskins and New York Giants was put on the back burner for a few minutes on a warm, sunny Sunday, as the two cities most affected by the Sept. 11 attacks honored those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A giant American flag covered the gridiron at FedEx Field before kickoff.
There were motorcycle rides in Alaska and California, a blood drive and dog walk in Texas, a Beach Boys concert in Colorado.
In Grand Prairie, Texas, the First United Methodist Church saluted service members and first responders with a “Spirit of America” musical. In Cooper City, Fla., the American Legion planned a “Let Us Not Forget” poker run to raise money for care packages for troops overseas.
At New York City’s Fashion Week on Sunday, designers showing spring 2012 collections honored the anniversary in their own ways.
Texas-born designer Lela Rose, who has dressed former President George W. Bush’s twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, opened her show to a full playing of John Lennon’s ode to peace, “Imagine.” Guests at the DKNY show found Sept. 11 mementos on their seats to mark the somber day as host Donna Karan, wearing a Sept. 11 tribute T-shirt, greeted guests personally outside the event.
President Obama and a host of other dignitaries marked the day in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pa., but they weren’t the only ones to stop and pay tribute to the fallen.
In downtown Lansing, Mich., locals dressed in red, white and blue mounted a 9/11 stair-climb tribute, using the Lansing Lugnuts minor league baseball team’s stadium to trudge the 7,000 stairs marking the total number of steps ascending and descending in both of the World Trade Center’s twin towers.
In Detroit, the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services hosted a weekend conference at the Arab American Museum. The event was aimed at fostering understanding and discussing the state of the nation in the decade since the attacks.
In the Motor City’s Belle Isle Park, runners gathered for an early-morning remembrance ceremony followed by a 5K run-walk to raise money to send two area firefighters to a New York City Tunnel to Towers race.
In Colorado, about 35,000 people attended the commemorative event at Civic Center Park in Denver, which featured Gov. John Hickenlooper and Interior Secretary Kenneth L. Salazar, as well as a free concert by the Beach Boys and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
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