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WTVP Remembers 9/11

 

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

 

Airs Live Saturday, September 10th from 10-11:30 a.m. (weather permitting*) on WTVP 47.1

 

Ground Zero

“September 11th” … “9/11”… “The Day the Towers Fell” … Whatever you call it, September 11, 2001, was a day that changed our nation and shocked the world. In the days around the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, WTVP and PBS offer special programming that examines the issues, honors the fallen and celebrates the survivors.

9-11 Remembrance—Live from O’Brien Field

On September 10, the City of Peoria will commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the tragedy in New York City with a 9-11 Remembrance Event at O’Brien Field. WTVP will be there to televise the event, live, from 10-11:30 a.m. (weather permitting*).

The special service is a tribute not only to those individuals who lost their lives that day, but also to the men and women who continue to risk their lives to keep our nation safe.

Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) will be the guest speaker for the event. Vice Admiral Harward commanded troops in Afghanistan and Iraq for more than six years since September 11, 2001, where he last served as the commander of the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force (CJIATF) 435. He is also a Navy SEAL and one of the nation’s most seasoned special operations officers.

In addition to remarks by Vice Admiral Harward, the program will include selections from the Peoria Civic Chorale, in conjunction with the 566th Air Force Band of the Midwest, and a special recognition of veterans, those serving in the armed forces, and first responders.

*In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Peoria Civic Center, but the broadcast will be cancelled.

And More from PBS…

PBS will commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11th with a special series of new and encore programs leading up to and continuing beyond Sunday, September 11. Programs in news and public affairs, science, and the performing arts are planned as part of the remembrance. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. on September 11, the entire PBS schedule will be devoted to special programming. In addition to these broadcasts, PBS.org will feature comprehensive coverage of the tenth anniversary of September 11th, including full-episode streaming of programs the day after broadcast and archival programs chronicling the attacks’ impact on our nation.

“As America commemorates the anniversary of this tragic event, PBS takes a deeper look at how it has transformed our collective perceptions of everything from our spiritual beliefs to national security to the impact two wars are having on our military families,” said John F. Wilson, PBS Senior Vice President & Chief TV Programming Executive.

Coverage of the tenth anniversary of September 11th will continue throughout the week on other PBS programs, including Tavis Smiley and Washington Week with Gwen Ifil.

 

 

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For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org

 


 

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