By Ravin Robertson
In a show of patriotism and faith, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will conduct a remembrance service Sept. 11 featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
“Occasions of this kind pull us up sharply to a realization that life is fragile, peace is fragile, civilization itself is fragile,” said President Gordon B. Hinckley in a news release.
The devotional service, which will begin at 12 p.m., will include patriotic and spiritual musical numbers, as well as a message of encouragement by President James E. Faust.
Kim Farah of the Church Headquarters Public Affairs Office said the Church decided to hold a special service to give the community the opportunity to remember the tragic events of Sept. 11. It also provides a place for people to gather to express their faith and to remember those victims and their families, she said.
Farah also said that the Church is trying to tie in with other churches in giving the community the opportunity to show faith, support the leaders of our country and to remember the events of Sept. 11 collectively.
President Thomas S. Monson will conduct the service.
The program, which is open to the public, should last approximately 30 minutes. Tickets are not required for admittance.
KBYU-TV and BYU Television will broadcast the program live, along with live audio broadcasts on KBYU-FM and BYU Radio. The service can also be heard via audio on the DISH Network and online at byuradio.org.
According to Farah, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has released recordings of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” to remember the events of Sept. 11 and the Today show will feature a musical selection by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
A special message by President Hinckley will also be broadcast on campus following the devotional.
BYUSA will broadcast the message live at the Wilkinson Center terrace. The presentation will show continuously for one hour.