September 11, 2011: A Day to Remember

Like most Americans, I was overwhelmed with grief in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on the United States. I wrote and recorded a song called Shoulder to Shoulder in an attempt to bring some comfort. You can imagine how honored I was to receive a letter of thanks from NYC Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and a Presidential Citation from President George W. Bush for the song. Mostly, I was happy to raise a little money for the American Red Cross and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and to know that in some small way my song was able to bring a little hope to people who were hurting. (See Video)

This coming Sunday is the 10th Anniversary of 9-11-2001. I am honored to be playing my song, Shoulder to Shoulder, twice that day on Public Square in downtown Cleveland: 10:00am at the Old Stone Church, I will be playing the song with small chamber orchestra and choir as part of Old Stone’s commemorative service and again at 3:50pm on the main stage with a smaller group as part of the pre-concert for the Cleveland Orchestra.

Not only do I hope that you can join me for one of these events, I would love it if you could join me in singing the chorus of the song. It is very easy and I think that it would be incredibly inspirational if we could sing this together:

Shoulder to shoulder, I know we’ll find a way / Shoulder to shoulder, we’ll build a better day / And I don’t know ’bout tomorrow, And I don’t know ’bout today / But in the deep of the darkest night, O Lord, I know You’ll light the way.

My friend, Kenny Latimer of Giant Leap Pictures here in Cleveland made this quick but moving video (above) of Shoulder to Shoulder to help us learn the song together. Please pass this message to family and friends. Thank you! God’s Peace.


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Speaker, Civic Leader and Pastor of Cleveland's Historic and Renowned Old Stone Church on Public Square. To view Mark's publications, blog or book a speaking engagement, please visit
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