San Bernardino event to pay tribute while raising awareness
By Chris Levister –
Ten years ago the late Alice F. Page created ‘Our Children Sing’ to commemorate the first anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001.
“I had to do something. My heart was broken. The attacks stole our innocence and taught us a valuable lesson: Violence is not the answer. Love is the answer. ‘Our Children Sing for Peace and Nonviolence’, what better way to commemorate those who lost their lives to hatred and violence,” said Page.
Fast forward to September 11, 2011 Page’s vision has morphed into an annual billboard for promoting non violence and peace through education and song.
“If my mother were alive she would be singing the ode to non violence and peace.”
Her lyrics would still be “Violence is not the answer. Love is the answer. Let the children sing. She was a messenger for love and peace,” says Page’s son and ‘Our Children Sing’ committee member, Nathan Harris.
Sunday, September 11, the Alice F. Page Action Committee will present the 10h Annual “Our Children Sing” for Peace program at Court Street Square in downtown San Bernardino located across from Carousel Mall.
The “Our Children Sing” program is not just about the innocent lives lost during the tragic events of 911, says committee chairperson Vicki Lee.
“One of the last things Alice Page said to me before she passed in 2007 was ‘don’t let my dream die – teach the children’,” said Lee. “It’s important to keep the memory of what happened on September 11, 2001. But we must also remember the thousands of innocent lives lost to violence around the world and in our own backyards. We must consume ourselves with becoming drum majors against the senseless violence that grips our planet,” said Lee.
“Our Children Sing” for Peace program sends a strong message to our world, our nation and youth that life is precious, whether it’s the children of Sudan, Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt or a century old grandmother in San Bernardino, life is precious and each day is a gift,” said Lee.
When seven year old Akira Jones climbs on the Court Street Square stage Sunday, she will bring together 100 messengers of peace and non-violence.
“We have to imprint and encode peace in the hearts and minds of our children in particular. They must carry the torch of peace from Ground Zero through our own backyards and beyond,” said Page’s brother, Larry Ealy.
“We need to come together as a community, young and old, rich and poor to educate and celebrate our lives, we are the answers to the problem, we must work together,” added Nathan Harris.
The 2011 program will feature a host of local musicians, children’s choirs, mimes, the Rockstarz from the Rock Church and World Outreach Center, Cajon High School 301th Battalion, 11th Brigade Cadet Corps, presentation of the 2011 Alice F. Page Award and more.
Area elected officials, law enforcement and members of the faith community will also join the festivities.
The event is free. The program will start at 4:00 PM – Court Street Square – San Bernardino. For more information contact Vikki Lee at (909) 913-1669.
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