I’m working with a friend who has been fundraising for a memorial pond to commemorate victims of terrorism (our town lost 3 residents in the WTC and 1 in the flight over Lockerbie a number of years back). There will be a memorial for the 5th year anniversary of Sept. 11th.
Here’s the question that I know you all will give honest feedback about. One of the other organizers lost her brother in the twin towers. In addition to remembering those lost and paying respects, she indicated it would be nice to have a program that not only remembers our loss of loved ones, but celebrates life.
A member of Kool and the Gang lives in our town. He will be performing a new song he’s written that is a touching song called “American Family”. Hearing about the desire for an upbeat aspect, he suggested closing with his most famous song “Celebrate.” You certainly know this song: “Celebrate good times, c’mon…There’s a party goin’ on around here…A celebration to last throughout the year…”
I can’t imagine anyone would pick this song as part of a 9/11 memorial, but will the fact that he wrote and will perform the song make a difference? Is it possible to provide an introduction that would position this appropriately? Will people find this utterly the worst taste possible? They are reaching out to other victim’s families to get their take on it, but what do you all think?