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America: A Tribute to Heroes

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America: A Tribute to Heroes was a benefit concert organized in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon by the four major United States television networks. It featured a number of national and international entertainers performing to raise money for the victims and their families, particularly but not limited to the New York City firefighters. It aired September 21, 2001, uninterrupted and commercial-free.

On a dark stage illuminated by hundreds of candles, twenty-one artists performed songs of mourning and hope, while various actors and other celebrities delivered short spoken messages. Some of the musicians including Neil Young and Eddie Vedder were heard working the phone banks taking pledges. The money raised amounted to about $30 million, and was given to the United Way's September 11 Telethon Fund.

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In America, the concert was simulcast by over 35 network and cable channels, including A&E, ABC, BET, CBS, CMT, Comedy Central, Court TV, Discovery, E!, Fox, Fox Family, Fox Sports Net, FX, Galavision, Hallmark Channel, HBO, Lifetime, MTV, NBC, Oxygen, PAX, PBS, Sci-Fi, Showtime, Sundance Channel, Telemundo, TLC, TNN, TNT, The WB, Turner South, Univision, UPN, USA Network, and VH1. It was also broadcast on over 8,000 radio stations, and on the Web and via America Online.

Outside of the U.S., the program was distributed to 210 countries and the American Forces Network, which broadcast to American military personnel in 175 countries.

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