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Commemorating 9/11: Don Mischer On Annual Ceremony’s 20th Anniversary & the Poignant Moment He Will Never Forget

Commemorating 9/11: Don Mischer On Annual Ceremony’s 20th Anniversary & the Poignant Moment He Will Never Forget

Editor’s note: One in a series of stories tied to the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Tomorrow’s 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks also marks the 20th anniversary of the somber annual ceremony commemorating the lives lost at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and aboard Flight 93.

The idea came from Michael Bloomberg who, shortly after being sworn in as mayor of New York on January 1, 2002, set out to create an annual commemoration. Upon recommendation by Jeffery Katzenberg, Bloomberg’s Deputy Mayor, Patti Harris, invited veteran live event producer-director Don Mischer to come to New York and meet with the mayor about helping to create the event. Mischer and fellow producer David Goldberg have been helming the commemoration ceremony since its inception.

“It wasn’t easy – there was no precedent for it. Yet through time, this commemoration has become increasingly important to the families of those we lost on that tragic day,

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