9/11 Healing is Not Complete: National Cathedral Dean

(Photo Credit: Rebecca Wilson/Flickr)A stone tablet with names of victims who died at the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001 is seen at the 9/11 Memorial in New York on September 18, 2011.

The interim dean of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. says the healing process related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is not complete, ahead of the anniversary of the attacks next Tuesday.

"As we consider the events of 9/11, we recognize that the healing process is by no means complete-and that we must dedicate ourselves anew to the kind of understanding and compassion that links nations and faiths through the bonds our Creator has established," said the Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade, interim dean of Washington National Cathedral in a statement.

"Our services on September 11 this year will honor that intention with special prayers, remembering all who were lost and all who have continued to serve."

The cathedral's Twitter account noted on Friday that this year's commemoration would not be as large as those in 2001 and 2011 but it is a date honored every year.

The Revered Wade said this year the Cathedral will also join again with religious, military, and governmental institutions to mark the anniversary.

Past 9/11-related events include the Cathedral's 10-year commemoration last year with an interfaith vigil, concerts and participation by President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta.

Rev. Wade, said a main task of the Cathedral is to help the nation "heal from its trauma and move past tremendous tragedy."

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