To commemorate the upcoming 20th anniversary of 9/11, Circle Network, Grand Ole Opry, and Wounded Warrior Project are hosting Circle Remembers 9/11 presented by Wounded Warrior Project. The day-long network takeover will include inspiring stories from veterans, their families, and friends which will honor and pay tribute to the commitment and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes.
“The country music community played an integral role in the healing process in the aftermath of 9/11 as it offered comfort through heartfelt lyrics and messages and helped bring those who were suffering together through the power of music. We couldn’t be more proud to partner with Wounded Warrior Project to bring the community together to remember all those lost and commemorate our many heroes,” says Drew Reifenberger, Circle Network’s General Manager.
Circle Remembers 9/11 will open with Coffee, Country & Cody: Remembers 9/11, a three-hour live special hosted by Bill Cody and Michael “CQ” Carrasquillo. The afternoon will feature performances from past Veterans and Memorial Days, a stand-up comedy show featuring veterans, various episodes of Craig Morgan’s Craig’s World that celebrate our country, and more.
Songs from September: The Music That Healed A Nation, hosted by Bobby Bones, will air from 7-9 p.m. CT as artists recall the music that helped them manage those difficult and uncertain times with performances from Bacon Brothers, Billy Ray Cyrus, Brad Paisley, Carly Pearce, Charles Esten, Craig Morgan, Jimmie Allen, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, MercyMe, Trace Adkins, Trisha Yearwood and more.
Directly following from 8-10 p.m. ET, Circle will air a special Opry Live filled with warrior stories and performances from artists from the Opry stage, as well as special musical tributes from three Sept. 11 memorial sites: Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and Shanksville. The legendary stage will bring together Vince Gill, The McCrary Sisters and others for this special event, hosted by Charles Esten.
“Wounded Warrior Project is proud to partner with Circle for this day of remembrance. As we honor those who lost their lives in the terror attacks of 9/11, we must also remember the more than 3 million men and women who stepped forward to fight for us in the days, months, and years that followed. A great deal will be said about the War on Terror in the coming years, but most importantly we owe our veterans more than a debt of gratitude for their service and sacrifice. They fought bravely for our country, for the vulnerable, and for each other. Their service and sacrifice are not forgotten. We stand together to remember all who died and all who served,” adds Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mike Linnington, Wounded Warrior Project CEO.
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