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9/11 to be Remembered Sunday at Silver Dollar City

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At noon on Sunday—the 10thanniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington D.C. and Pennsylvania—visitors will stop what they’re doing to remember those who lost their lives that day.  Church bells will ring to call park visitors to the town square for “A Tribute to the American Spirit-Remembering 9/11.”  Lisa Rau is spokesperson for Silver Dollar City…

"We will then be shutting down all of our rides.  We will shut down our shops.  We will ask the park to come to a standstill.  We will then observe a minute of silence where people can reflect, they can pray, they can hold the hand of their loved one, whatever it is and then we will go into the program with the Branson performers." 

Bucky Heard, singer, songwriter, producer and performer in Branson is one of those will perform Sunday afternoon, and he helped organize the ceremony.  He’ll sing a song he wrote just after the attacks, when images from the television filled his head…

"As a songwriter, of course, I was filled with emotion just like everyone else--every other American that was watching, but, as I was sitting there just watching in amazement what I was seeing unfold before me, the words to a song and a melody line just started playing itself out in my head." 

Song

He immediately grabbed a pen and a piece of paper…

"I truly believe that this song was devinely inspired.  I write music, but I usually labor over songs.  It takes me months to crank out a song, and, within probably an hour, an hour and a half, I had written probably the best song I've ever written.  I really don't even give myself credit for it." 

He hopes his song, in some way, has helped America with the healing process.

Other performers at Silver Dollar City Sunday include Nedgra Culp, Sons of the Silver Dollar and the Brooks Brothers.

First responders from throughout the Midwest were sent free tickets to attend Sunday’s ceremony.

For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.