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"Everybody in their own way has to find a way to get back to normal," Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said in a news briefing on Saturday. "They have to . . . stop being afraid. Stop being afraid doesn't mean you can get rid of the emotion, it means overcoming it. It's just going out and doing the things you normally do."
Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Sikh and Muslim clerics are to lead in prayer the 55,000 people expected to attend the service. "They can pray," said Giuliani, "and they can know that they are embraced." The ceremony will be also televised onto to giant screens at ballparks in Coney Island in Brooklyn, on Staten Island and in Newark (because, former New York mayor David Dinkins said on NBC Sunday morning, "we lost a lot of people in New Jersey").
Oprah Winfrey and James Earl Jones will host Sunday's program, which is also to include performances by opera tenor Placido Domingo, country singer Lee Greenwood, the Harlem Boys' Choir and Bette Midler.
More than 6,800 people are dead or missing in the hijacked plane attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the crash of a fourth hijacked airliner in a field in Pennsylvania. Of those, some 6,333 people are listed as missing in the mountain of debris where the twin towers once stood in lower Manhattan. Only 261 Trade Center victims have been recovered.
On Saturday, Giuliani told of the importance of continuing to search for bodies and described the recent discovery of another fallen fireman in the debris. After a quiet gasp, the mayor called the love and care in which his fireman brothers removed him "a beautiful site."
A separate memorial service will be held in New Jersey on Sunday evening to remember victims from that neighboring state, reports Reuters. The ceremony will be held in a park with views of the Statue of Liberty and the scarred Manhattan skyline.