9/11 remembered by celebrities in 'I Will (Pay Tribute)'

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From Lady Gaga to Drake Bell, celebrities band together to remind everyone to take the time out on 9/11 and remember to pay tribute with their new public service campaign.

“I Will (Pay Tribute)” is one of the biggest memorial projects to date, to get celebrities together to remember the 9/11 tenth anniversary on Sunday. Over 30 actors, singers and sports figures appear on the “I Will (Pay Tribute)” campaign. The big name celebrities are seen alongside survivors of the 9/11 attacks and with the relatives of the victims in this new campaign. It is running on many of the networks today.

The list of celebrities reads like a “Who’s Who” of Hollywood with Lady Gaga, Samuel Jackson, Maiska Hargitay, Hillary Duff, Jordin Sparks, Mark Texieria (N.Y. Yankees first baseman), Fran Drescher, Joe Jonas, Pauly D, Nas, Julianne Hough and Drake Bell, who are some of the celebrities taking part in this great tribute, according to CNN.

Lady Gaga, who is a New York native, recalls witnessing that day in September back in 2001, that changed the landscape of the world forever. Lady Gaga says, “we were in disbelief” and she goes on to say that “we all watched the second tower fall together.” This public service campaign is designed to spark others into doing something on 9/11 to remember the day of tragedy that took so many lives.

Pauly D says “I will call all my family members that day.” While calling you family members may be considered ever so uneventful, it is about the love of your family and friends that this day should be about. Life is fragile and that is one lesson everyone learned from 9/11. It makes you think of the family members that went off to work that day and never came home, whether it is the people who worked in the Twin Towers or the rescue workers who were lost. This is something we need to remember every day, but especially on the 9/11 anniversary.

Samuel Jackson says he “will remember by teaching someone who is illiterate to read,” which is another act of kindness to a fellow human being. This is what remembering 9/11 is all about. At 4pm today, September 9th, Brooke Shields, Matthew Broderick, Havery Fierstein, and Bebe Neuwirth will join together with other Broadway performers and do a tribute in Times Square. A version of “New York, New York,” is what they will perform. This is how they are remembering.

Patti LaBelle and Alan Jackson will remember alongside President and Michele Obama at the Washington National Cathedral I Washington, D.C. for the “Concert of Hope” on Sunday. The NFL will pay their respects at the Jets opening game against the Dallas Cowboys and fans will receive free flags. NASCAR will have an in-race tribute to the 9/11 victims at the Sprint Cup Series on Saturday.

The “I Will (Pay Tribute)” public service announcement is reminding people to pay tribute, as it appears on many TV channels. It looks like it is working, as many are paying attention and paying tribute to the 9/11 victims and their families.

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