A crane tipped over Sept. 7 at the National Cathedral, damaging two buildings nearby. Now, events scheduled for this weekend to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 are being moved.
Several 9/11 anniversary events scheduled for the cathedral this weekend will move to different venues after a crane accident that occurred on the grounds of the cathedral yesterday.
Sunday's "Concert for Hope," which includes a speech by President Barack Obama, will be relocated to the Kennedy Center. And the "Concert for Honor," scheduled for Friday evening, will also move to the Kennedy Center. The new venue will honor all existing tickets for the event.
“We are grateful that there were no serious injuries in the crane accident, and while we are disappointed that we will not be able to host our ‘Call to Compassion’ commemoration in the Cathedral itself, we are determined to live out our mission to serve as the spiritual home for the nation as we remember the tragic events of September 11, 2001,” said Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III.
The cathedral did not sustain any damage in the accident, although the crane operator was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Two smaller buildings, the Herb Cottage and the Church House, were damaged when the crane fell. The crane was there shoring up debris that fell after an earthquake damaged the spires of the cathedral last month.