- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Washington National Cathedral announced Thursday morning that because of the crane accident the day before on the cathedral grounds it will be moving its 9/11 commemorative events this weekend to other locations in the area.

All Sunday morning events, including the Interfaith Vigil, will be held at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

The concerts scheduled for Friday and all Sunday night events will be moved to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. These events include “A Concert to Honor” featuring Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, the Marine Chamber Orchestra and United States Navy Band Sea Chanters on Friday and culminate with “A Concert for Hope” on Sunday, which includes remarks from President Obama.

The crane was being used to help repair extensive but nonstructural damage to the cathedral caused the by 5.8-magnitude earthquake Aug. 23.

The crane operator sustained minor injuries, was treated and was released from the hospital Wednesday night.

The cathedral itself did not sustain any additional damage during the incident. The Herb Cottage, a gift shop on the grounds, and Church House, the headquarters of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, sustained some minor damages.

“While we are disappointed that we will not be able to host our ‘Call to Compassion’ commemoration in the cathedral itself, we are determined to live out our mission to serve as the spiritual home for the nation as we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001,” said cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III. “The safety of our visitors and the staff of the cathedral is our top priority, and we will make no compromises when it comes to that responsibility. At the same time we will not let obstacles put in our way stop us from fulfilling our mission as the spiritual home for the nation.

Also on Thursday, two workers were injured at the cathedral as they were dismantling the crane. An ambulance took the two men away, Cathedral spokesman Richard Weinberg said. Officials didn’t immediately release how the men were hurt or how severely.

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