By Isaac Ross

Ten years ago, the tragic events of September 11 unfolded, and the world came to a standstill. Two thousand, seven hundred and fifty-three innocent people lost their lives that day, including hundreds of firefighters and police officers.

The IIIC and the Malden Irish American Club have come together to plan a memorial which will unite the communities of Medford and Malden in remembrance of the event that changed our lives. The event will be emceed by Matt O’Donnell, host of WROL’s Irish Hit Parade, where he has featured a tasteful mix of classics and contemporary Irish music since 1987.

PJ Quinn of the Irish American Club emphasized that both organizations wanted to provide an opportunity for the community to, “remember what happened, honor the sacrifice of those we lost, and celebrate the resiliency of this great nation.”

Ronnie Millar, deputy director of the IIIC, added:

“What happened on September 11 touched the lives of so many members of the wider Irish community, and members of many other immigrant groups. We want to pause to reflect on what happened, and move forward together to create a peaceful tomorrow for all.”

The program starts at 2:30 p.m., when Ron Gaudette of Mass General Hospital will share his powerful story of being a first responder at the World Trade Center site. Others will also share stories. 

There will be a music and dance tribute by the Heavey Quinn Academy of Irish Dance, and opportunities to add your design to a community remembrance quilt. Preceding memorial walks in Malden and Medford commence at 9:30 a.m., followed by an anniversary Blue Mass at 11:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council #13966 and followed by brunch.

The occasion promises to be a fitting Irish tribute to the event which changed all of our lives.