As a gift to the American people, the WORLD MEMORIAL North America Tour and ROS Memorial Concert series launched September 11, 2003 from British Columbia en route to New York City. South Pasadena hosted the American debut at Pasadena Civic Auditorium and San Diego
sponsored the Balboa Park concert on September 11, 2004. Subsequent events are scheduled across North America.
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February 17, 2006
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, represented by Jeffrey Haner, Office of the Director of Public Safety Superintendent of Police, presented Kathleen (Katon) Tonnesen with the USA Flag that was flown at Ground Zero on Valentines Day 14 February 2006, as a Thank you for the 9-11 Canadian Release of Souls “Gift of Healing” to their Country. Kathleen was deeply touched by the fact that a project born of LOVE and Compassion was awarded the Flag that was flown on the day symbolic of LOVE. She said “I am proud and humbled to accept the USA Flag on behalf of the Canadian Release of Souls Team and am thankful to New Jersey State Honor Guard Commander, Fairlawn Police Lt. Robert Kneer and New Jersey State Bugler, Ret. Police Officer Robert Krupinski, for introducing WORLD MEMORIAL Release of Souls to the Port Authority of NY and NJ.” (See full story)
This USA Flag is awarded to the Canadian Release of Souls Team. Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows residents Brian Lytton, Louis Louw, Kathleen (Katon) Tonnesen, Dave Rouleau, Dave's Custom Metalworks, vocalist songwriter Fiona Blackburn and Surrey team members composer Miles Black, vocalist songwriter Glenda Rae, Brett Wade, Tony Chamberlist and Vancouver team members, Rene Worst and Maestro Ed Henderson. Compassionate Creatives connecting worlds through the universal language of Art and Music.
See the story carried on South African Business News
Fire House World
February 21-23, 2006
WORLD MEMORIAL, Booth # 130-134
Many thanks to SDFD Fire Chief Jeffrey Bowman (in front of WORLD MEMORIAL patch wall),
FDNY Jack Toale (Ret.), Chris McGirr and Stacy L Wegner
Sales Manager Firehouse Expo and Firehouse World, Cygnus Expositions
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June 5-12, 2006
The Release of Souls production team travels to NJ & NY for planning of the fifth anniversary ceremonies of September Eleven. Meetings were held with REMSCO-EMS, FDNY, PA, City Hall,World Cares - September Space and several 9/11 Family groups. Concurrently, ArtAid and the WM team had a design meeting for the 40' Honor Roll Banner - WORLD MEMORIAL North America Education Tour.
June 7, 2006
FDNY 137th Medal Day
Pace University, Manhattan
After the ceremony, FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta and Chief of Operations, Salvatore J. Cassano talk with WORLD MEMORIAL Vice President and San Diego Firefighter-Paramedic Mitch Mendler . Family members later invited the WM team to RESCUE ONE banquet, held at Coppersmith Grill (53rd and 9 Ave). Second photo includes Mrs. Hayden, FDNY Chief of Department Peter E. Hayden, Sculptor Joseph Petrovics and ROS Concert Producer Kathleen Tonnesen.
June 10, 2006
Memorial Wall to Fire Department
WORLD MEMORIAL representatives attend the unveiling of “Holland & Knight" Memorial Wall to FDNY Station 10 - in honor of Volunteer Firefighter Glenn J. Winuk.” Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Brian D. Starer, Chair of the Holland & Knight 9-11 Memorial Committee are introduced to WM Vice President Mitch Mendler and Producer Kathleen Tonnesen.
WORLD MEMORIAL salutes Holland & Knight for their philanthropy, vision and compassion. It was truly an honor to attend the unveiling of this remarkable memorial which not only pays homage to the 343 that paid the ultimate sacrifice, but acknowledges and honors the ultimate sacrifice paid by many Firefighter volunteers around the globe. Volunteer Firefighter Glenn J. Winuk will be remembered proudly by his nation as number 344 – WM Founder B. D. Messinger, Rescue Pilot, Enduring Freedom Veteran
September 1-11, 2006
5th Year Anniversary Ceremonies
Trans-contiental Tour to NYC
“One Day - Changed Our World” Tour Across America
WHO: WORLD MEMORIAL escorting "Torches Across America"
WHAT: Featuring NSAS, ArtAid and Dimensional Graphics WORLD MEMORIAL 9/11 Honor Roll Banner
Semitruck provided by Green Valley Transportation (sincere thanks to CEO Steve Grove and VP Nancy Houghton)
CDL Drivers Bob & Sharion Wilkinson (K-9 Kizzy, Pete, Pepe, and T.J.), Truck Cel #209-321-1337, CB Channel #21
WHEN: September 1-11, 2006 for 5th anniversary 9/11 ceremony
WHERE: Tour across America to arrive NYC 9/11 Memorial Field
Inwood Hill Park, 218th Street and Indian Road, North Tip of Manhattan
WHY: WORLD MEMORIAL nonprofit charity is delivering the Canadian Gift of Healing “Release of Souls” 18 foot tall, 6,000-lb. 9/11 memorial sculpture to the Survivors, Families, Public Safety Personnel and people of New York and surrounding communities.
Tour Across America accompanied by several thousand motorcycles to arrive Manhattan for 5th anniversary ceremonies.
Friday, 1 September
WORLD MEMORIAL Semitruck departed San Diego
Complementary Receptions & Camaraderie
Join & Jump - anywhere along the route
Estimate - 5,000 total Riders
Discount HOTEL Rooms
Police & Fire Escorts
Saturday, 2 September
Oceanside, CA to Victorville, CA to Kingman, AZ
Kingman, AZ to Albuquerque, NM
“Route 66 Travel Center, 9 Mile Hill”
300 Police Officers, Fire Fighters and citizens attended a ceremony at Fraternal Order of Police Lodge.
Monday, 4 September
Albuquerque, NM to Amarillo, TX
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has declared today as "First Call Responders Recognition Day."
Five hot air balloons launched in formation from the Albuquerque Balloon Park as a salute to First Responders!
Albuquerque FD presented WORLD MEMORIAL a department badge and patch to be placed on the ROS Memorial.
Tuesday, 5 September
Amarillo, TX to Oklahoma City to Tulsa (350 Miles)
WORLD MEMORIAL semitrailer will continue ahead of motorcycles - straight to Springfield, MO (additional 200 miles, 3 hours)
Oklahoma City Fire Chief Bryant presents WORLD MEMORIAL President Mendler with a badge in front on the
Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum
Wednesday, 6 September
WORLD MEMORIAL semitrailer departed Springfield, MO for Columbus, OH (650 Miles, 14 hours)
Springfield Fire Assistant Fire Chief Bryant presents WORLD MEMORIAL President Mendler with a badge.
Arrived St. Louis at 5PM EST
Saint Louis Fire Dept Captain Steve Simpson Patch Presentation
Saint Louis Police Captain Robert C. Oldani presented Saint Louis PD Flag
Arrived Columbus, Ohio 2AM EST
Thursday, 7 September
WORLD MEMORIAL semitrailer traveled through the night
from Columbus OH direct to NYC (550 Miles, 12 hours)
New Jersey State & Local PD escorted WM Trailer across to New York
to Inwood Hill Park,
Release of Souls (ROS) Memorial around-the-clock assembly began at 4PM
Golden WM Sculpture "HOPE: Joy of Selflessness" is on exhibit at WORLD CARES, 7-8 September
Friday, 8 September
ROS with three thousand US Flags and 82 International Flags
8-11 September, 12 Noon-12PM, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Golden WM Sculpture "HOPE: Joy of Selflessness" is on exhibit at WORLD CARES/Midtown Office, 7-8 September
Saturday, 9 September
NYPD Mounted Unit inaugurating the WORLD MEMORIAL to NYC
"One Day - Changed Our World" 9/11 Honor Roll Banner
World Memorial Patch Wall & World Memorial Heroes Stories
Golden WM Sculpture "HOPE: Joy of Selflessness" joins NYC 9/11 Memorial Field
Release of Souls (ROS) Memorial
8AM-12PM, Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
NYPD helicopter visits NYC 9/11 Memorial Field and WORLD MEMORIAL Golden Sculpture "HOPE"
"Brooklyn Remembers Our Heroes" at the John Paul Jones Park.
NYPD Commissioner Kelly was very grateful to our efforts and introduced
Brooklyn Bridge and WORLD MEMORIAL Semitruck “One Day - Changed Our World" in the background
NYPD Escort WORLD MEMORIAL Semitruck through Times Square to Brooklyn 9/11 Ceremonies and Fort Hamilton.
Brooklyn Councilman Gentile & WORLD MEMORIAL President Mendler
Sunday, 10 September
1. Golden Sculpture "HOPE: Joy of Selflessness" accompanies the Release of Souls (ROS) Memorial
2. WM semitruck was invited to participate in "Brooklyn Remembers 9/11" ceremony, officiated by the NYPD Commissioner
3. WM semitruck was then escorted to Fort Hamilton as site survey for future ROS event
4. Brooklyn Remembers Heroes – 5th Year Commemoration ceremony hosted by NYC Councilman Vincent Gentile with honors to
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Marty Golden, Vocalist Roy Chicas, Composer Hank Fellows and ArtAID Founder
New Jersey State Bugler, Robert Krupinski, Performs Taps at NYC 9/11 Memorial Field
Three thousand names are on display at Ground Zero, September 11, 2001
WORLD MEMORIAL Heroes Honor Roll Call, Missing Man Poster, "One Color For Day" and honoring victims from 82 Nations
"Missing Last seen at The World Trade Center," collection on loan from Mesoamerica Foundation-Bronston Jones
Monday, 11 September
Release of Souls (ROS) Memorial
Sculpture "HOPE: Joy of Selflessness" is installed at WORLD CARES/September Space Lower Manhattan for a one-year exhibit
The four-day exhibit has received praise and thanks from the family members, survivors, supporters and public safety personnel from FDNY, NYPD, PAPD, NYS Court Officers, Red Cross and NYC E.M.S.
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Please visit "HOPE: Joy of Selflessness" throughout the year at WORLD CARES/September Space Lower Manhattan
WORLD MEMORIAL Trailer and the ROS Memorial are positioned to Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn for 14 Oct Service Day
Please contact Firefighter-Paramedic Mitch Mendler, 619-944-7011, for your next event.
“One Day Changed Our World”
WORLD MEMORIAL President: Firefighter-Paramedic Mitch Mendler, 619-944-7011
Torches Across America Host: Gary Covert, 417-739-5007
NYC 9/11 Memorial Field Director: Mike Hughes, 917-523-3754
Flags of Honor President: John Michelotti, 203-273-0331
Release of Souls Producer: Kathleen (Katon) Tonnesen, 214-850-3377
Semitruck Driver, Bob & Sharion, CEL 209-321-1337, CB Channel #21
Flags of Honor
A Tribute to Our Heroes
Another day begins searching for a husband, a brother, someone’s precious wife,
No time for you to think or feel, the job is clear…to save a life.
Exhausted but managed a little sleep,
Shoveled down some food, you needed something to eat.
Meet the crew and off you go,
Through ominous rubble, bucket brigades row upon row.
Closely surrounding the site where all the streets seem bare,
You will see the rest of the world’s firefighters,
shoulder to shoulder standing there.
Look above in the shadow of the clouds to see the Maltese Cross,
All those gone before you trying to heal you from your loss.
As you collapse into the arms of loved ones from unspeakable grief and pain,
Know that none of you are alone, your brotherhood and their families do the same.
As you try to make some sense of what we’'ll never understand,
The voices for humanity sing “you are the bravest in the land”.
Mary E. Feldman, 2001
Mary is an artist, poet and wife of 30 year fire service veteran.
A Tribute to Our Heroes, Embracing the New York Sky and Fire Fighter Prayer
Looking for Project Managers in: Albuquerque, Boston, Canada, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit,
Jackson, Las-Vegas, London, Fort-Worth, Hawaii, Hurricane-Katrina, Miami, New-Orleans, New-Port, Oakland, Omaha, PA, Paris, Pearl-Harbor, Phoenix, Prague, Sacramento, San-Antonio, Texas, Toronto, Vancouver, Your City, If it's not listed here - Please call us!
For the cost of logistics (nonprofit), the ROS Memorial is available to your community. A brief exhibit with our semi-truck runs about $5,000 to $67,000 for a full turn-key, indoor, reserved seating, 2 hour Concert (Outdoor events as low as $27,000). Much of this "at-cost" production can be underwritten by corporate sponsors, public donations and TEAM-UP "badge" contributions. Surplus fundraising will be donated to “Wings of Peace” or your local charity.
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Dedication name plates are available to honor 9/11 families, friends and loved ones. An honor guard will affixed the plaque to the ROS memorial in any city along the tour. Other Commemerative Items (originals songs, multimedia tributes, LMDC submissions and decals) are available for a nominal cost . WORLD MEMORIAL needs your help to tour the ROS Memorial across North America. To volunteer your time, please contact President Mitch Mendler, 3616 Hartzel Dr., Spring Valley, CA, 91977-2017.
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Glenda Rae, Singer-Songwriter - Miles Black, Composer -
Rene Worst, Musician - Brett Wade, Musician - Tony Chamberlist, Engineer