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October 10, 2003
A Statement from Daniel Pearl's Family on the Second Annual Daniel Pearl Music Day

Today, on what would have been Danny's 40th birthday, our global community has come together on a note of harmony to celebrate the Second Annual Daniel Pearl Music Day and to reaffirm its commitment to humanity.

Danny lived a life that knew no geographical boundaries, with a spirit that knew no prejudice. Through journalism and music, Danny communicated friendship, understanding and mutual respect wherever his journeys took him; whether he was interviewing ordinary people or world leaders, performing with orchestras, teaching violin to disadvantaged children, playing fiddle or mandolin with folk and bluegrass bands, or simply jamming and singing with friends and strangers. Danny recognized the power of music to bridge differences among people, and he used it to make friends and inspire understanding when words fail.

This global concert empowers peace-loving people around the world with the awareness that they are not alone, and that, standing united, humanity will prevail. From east to west and north to south, hundreds of thousands of music lovers are with us today and all this week playing music that Danny loved, celebrating the ideals for which he stood and standing up to the hatred and intolerance that took his life.

Behold, Danny, the islands of friendship that you have seeded with your pen and fiddle have grown into a network of musical brotherhood that now embraces the entire planet.

This is your triumph, Danny. It is the triumph of every music lover and of all humanity.

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