As the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, approaches, the city of Philadelphia is preparing several commemorative events in remembrance and honor of the thousands of lives lost. Here is a look at a few major events taking place in Philadelphia:
* Free Library of Philadelphia's "Reflections on the Day: An Open Mic"
Writers, poets, and community members are invited to participate in an open mic from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Central Library on Vine Street, in the Montgomery Auditorium. The Free Library says anyone wishing to participate "is invited to share thoughts, art, and reflections on how they are dealing with an event that linked us and continues to reshape our national outlook." The event is free and open to the public. Those looking for more information about the event and participating can contact Leonard Gontarek at 215-386-7171 or Lee Fishman at 215-686-5415.
* National Constitution Center 9/11 10th Anniversary Commemoration and Ceremony
This event will be held at 525 Arch St. on Sept. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include performances of Charles Dumas's "A Day in the Life of a People," an interactive program examining the ways in which Americans remember people and events from our history, and a unifying pledge developed by the National Constitution Center, Religious Leaders Council of Greater Philadelphia, the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia, and the Office of the Mayor. The program is free with museum admission; the Constitution Center has stated first responders will receive free admission on 9/11. More information is available on the Constitution Center website here.
* University of Pennsylvania "Excavating Ground Zero" Exhibit
An exhibit of items recovered from the World Trade Center that have been, according to the Daily Local News, "transformed into stirring symbols of loss and remembrance" will available for viewing at the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology through Nov. 6. Admission to the museum will be offered for free on Sept. 11. The day's program will also include a lecture on the history of the twin towers and a panel discussion. More information on the exhibit and corresponding events is available at the Penn Museum website here.