Paul Simon performed his evergreen song “The Sound of Silence” at the 9/11 Ground Zero Memorial in New York City making New Yorkers and visitors cry and surprising those who expected him to perform the in-advance announced song “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11 started with a processional led by sixty bagpipers and drummers with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus singing The Nation Anthem. Cellist Yo-Yo performed a selection of Bach works before Simon grabbed the audience with a memorable performance.
James Taylor performed his “You Can Close Your Eyes” followed by flutist Emi Ferguson who presented her interpretation of “Amazing Grace.” The chorus closed the service with “I Will Remember You” turning the service into one to be remembered.
Many people attending the service cried when Paul Simon performed his famous “The Sound of Silence,” admitting too many lives were taken away for an unreasonable cause ten years ago. Relatives and friends of the victims who died in the ruins of the Two Towers revealed that nothing can restore the lives taken but people can learn to live a better life by trying to understand each other.
U.S. President Barack Obama was set to take part in a special ceremony at the Ground Zero Memorial yesterday.