Washington National Cathedral Sept. 11 events moved
Wednesday's crane accident at the Washington National Cathedral has forced several Sept. 11 commemorative events, including Sunday's "The Concert for Hope," to be moved, Cathedral officials announced Thursday morning.
The Sunday night event, which will feature an address from President Barack Obama, has been moved to the Kennedy Center.
"The safety of our visitors and the staff of the Cathedral is our top priority, and we will make no compromises when it comes to that responsibility," said Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III. "At the same time, we will not let obstacles put in our way stop us from fulfilling our mission as the spiritual home for the nation."
All confirmed tickets for Sunday's concert and the other events the Cathedral has scheduled for this weekend will be honored.
Sunday's Interfaith Prayer vigil has been moved to Washington Hebrew Congregation and the Saturday "Concert to Heal" has been postponed.
“Very shocked, very tragic, I think,” said visitor Emily Chen who saw the crane Thursday. “But I really hope everyone is okay.”
One construction worker was slightly injured Wednesday morning when a crane, which was being used to help with repairs after the Aug. 23 earthquake, collapsed on Cathedral grounds.
The National Cathedral itself was not damaged, but two other buildings on the grounds were slightly damaged.
Jenn Kaufman and others in the Cathedral Court condominiums across the street want to help. With repairs expected to be in the millions, they're holding a happy hour fundraiser Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 at the nearby Cactus Cantina .
“We were just heartbroken,” Kaufman said.
The full new schedule is after the jump.
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