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An Interfaith Dialogue planning 9-11 event 22 June , 2011

An organization that works to boost understanding among people of differing backgrounds is looking for help planning a 10-year commemoration of a tragic day in U.S. history.

The nonprofit group, An Interfaith Dialogue, already is working with about a dozen community organizations to present a Lawrence gathering scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 11, marking the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks in New York, Washington and rural Pennsylvania.

Others looking to join the effort are both welcome and encouraged to do so, said Dru Sampson, organization president and community organizer.

“We want to present an event that will unify our community and remember those who died in the 9-11 tragedies — acknowledging that this is a nationwide event, no matter what your faith, belief or culture is,” Sampson said. “We want to focus on unifying our communities, rather than dividing them.”

Organizers also are seeking personal stories from area residents: “How they were affected, what has helped them heal, and how they have moved forward from those tragedies of that day,” Sampson said.