17th Anniversary Commemoration Colorado Remembers 9/11

National Security Forum Threats to US Security & Trump's Response: Russia, North Korea & Global Terrorism

Featured Speakers Gen. Michael Hayden,Elliott Abrams,Husain Haqqani and Tom Sanderson

September 12, 2018 | 7:00 PM
The Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex

Presenting Sponsors:
The Denver Post & Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL)

Featured Speakers

General Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. As head of the country’s premier intelligence agencies, he was on the front lines of global change, the war on terrorism, and the growing cyber challenge. General Hayden was the country’s first principal deputy director of national intelligence and the highest-ranking military intelligence officer in the country. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group.

Elliott Abrams is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. He served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor in the Administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House. Abrams also served as Senior Director of the National Security Council.

A Hudson Institute Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Husain Haqqani served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-2011 and is widely credited with managing a difficult partnership during a critical phase in the global war on terrorism. He also served as an advisor to four Pakistani Prime ministers, Yusuf Raza Gilani, Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif and Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi.

Tom Sanderson co-founded and directed the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2002 to 2018. He investigated terrorism, insurgency and criminal networks across 70 countries, interviewing NGOs, journalists, terrorists, traffickers, refugees, intelligence officials, business leaders and clergy. Sanderson now guides governments and the private sector in detecting, understanding and navigating a wide range of global risks and opportunities.

17th Anniversary 9/11 Ceremony


The ceremony will include the posting of the colors by the Colorado National Guard Honor Guard, remarks by the Governor and Mayor, and the presentation of military honors to include a salute, Taps and bell ceremony.


A special playing of Taps will honor all of the men and women who have given their lives in service.


Four chimes of a bell will commemorate the lives lost in each of the four attacks on 9/11.

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