18th Anniversary Commemoration Colorado Remembers 9/11

National Security Forum Tensions on the Rise & Trump’s Response: North Korea, Iran & Global Terrorism

Featured Speakers Gen. Stanley McChrystal, The Hon. Ed Royce, Amb. Christopher Hill and Tom Sanderson

September 11, 2019 | 7:00 PM
Ellie Caulkins Opera House at Denver Performing Arts Complex

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

Featured Speakers

General Stanley McChrystal is a four-star general who served as the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and led the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces. His leadership of JSOC is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the 2006 location and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Ed Royce served in the House of Representatives for 26 years, representing California’s 39th district and serving as chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee from 2013 to 2019. His leadership advanced human rights, free and fair elections, economic development, women’s empowerment, and security around the globe. Royce authored critical legislation to address threats from Iran, North Korea and Russia.

Ambassador Hill is a former career diplomat, a four-time ambassador, nominated by three presidents, whose last post was as Ambassador to Iraq, April 2009 until August 2010. Prior to Iraq, Hill served as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 until 2009 during which he was also the head of the US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue. He is currently Chief Global Advisor at the University of Denver Global Engagement.

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.

18th 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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