A couple of weeks ago, I was wondering how our country was going to remember 9/11, that fateful day when everything we thought we knew as normal was suddenly changed. We were changed as a country as we were brutally attacked in Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and New York. We have 14-year-olds who weren't born yet. It seemed to me that maybe we weren't remembering it as we should.

While at work at Bond Mill Elementary, I spoke with Vanessa van der Have who told me about her father, David Kanter, who composed a memorial anthem.

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Kanter, formerly of West Laurel, now living in Old Town, has roots in New York as a boy, and graduated from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He is an accomplished classical trombonist and has composed, performed, taught and arranged music in the Washington, D.C. area for the last 40 years. Vanessa is a very proud daughter who told me that I might feel better about the day if I visited the Church of the Resurrection in Burtonsville, to experience the musical piece that her father composed to commemorate Sept. 11, 2001. I attended the performance of the anthem entitled "September Morning," which Kanter actually wrote soon after the tragic day, as this native New Yorker needed to express his feelings. It was touching and patriotic in a way that befitted the memories. Though it was not written as a sacred work, Kanter said that the anthem "invokes God in the sense that the Founding Fathers so often did." The performance was lovely as I followed the lyrics shared with the congregation. The patriotic and beautiful lyrics and music to "September Morning" can be found at septembermorning.net. I strongly urge you to listen to the song and read the lyrics on this website as you support this Laurelite and Vanessa's dad.

Our neighbor Richard Weiblinger has his photographic art work on display in the Main Gallery at the Montpelier Arts Center through Nov. 11. Unique Visions: Richard Paul Weiblinger is a collection of his photographs of everyday views and objects transformed into art. Weiblinger uses creative lighting to illuminate and give a surreal quality and elegance to the subject. Visit the Montpelier Arts Center to experience this very special exhibit.

Support Bond Mill Elementary's newest fundraiser by having dinner at Chick-Fil-A on Sept. 30 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Contee Road location. Mention that you are supporting our neighborhood school.

Help raise funds for Bond Mill or any of our local schools by shopping and earning money for the school just by purchasing merchandise you had on your list. Register every year at Giant Food, Harris Teeter and Target; either at the store or online. Even if you only shop at these stores once in a while, you would be so surprised to see how the money adds up to provide new technology, books and classroom supplies.

Coffee for Seniors continues at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center on Oct. 1 at 1 p.m., sponsored by the District VI police. Speakers from the Department of Aging will be there. Medicare and Medicaid open enrollment will be discussed over a good cup of brew.

Mark your calendars for the next West Laurel Civic Association meeting on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Laurel Community Building. All West Laurel residents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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