21 years after the 9/11 attacks, the city promises to #NeverForget.
Here are different memorials, displays, ceremonies and more that work to commemorate the lives lost 21 years ago on September 11th and also portray the strength and resilience of our city:
“Tribute in Light” Across the City
The annual Tribute in Light display will shine on this year. In the 9/11 Memorial and Museum installation, two beams of blue light are projected four miles into the sky, mirroring the Twin Towers that were tragically destroyed in the attacks. It can be seen from a 60-mile radius around lower Manhattan.
And, for a third year, that tribute will be extended across the city with over 30 NY landmarks also lighting up in blue to “[honor] those killed and [celebrate] the unbreakable spirit of New York.” Participating buildings include the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, Bloomberg L.P., the Helmsley Building, the Bank of America Tower, Barclays Bank US Headquarters, One Vanderbilt, and many more.
Both displays will go on from dusk until dawn September 11- September 12.
September 11, 2001 Commemoration
Each year, family members gather at the memorial and read victim’s names from a stage. The ceremony will observe 6 moments of silence and the program will begin at 8:30 a.m. Those attending will be able to access the Memorial starting at 7:30 a.m. with the ceremony expected to conclude at 12:30 p.m.See here to stream the ceremony.
A Performance for Peace
Lincoln Center will host their annual public performance ritual for peace, the “Table of Silence Project 9/11.” The original, full-scale version will return, with more than 100 dancers taking over the Josie Robertson Plaza and performing 12 repeating symbolic ritualistic gestures and concentric circles around the fountain. This year’s performance “will also incorporate elements of the reimagined versions presented during pandemic years,” according to Lincoln Center. You can stream the performance online starting at 8:10 am on Sunday, September 11th. Learn more here.
Memorial & Museum
The 9/11 Museum will be open to the public on Monday September 12. It “tells of the story of 9/11 through media, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts, presenting visitors with personal stories of loss, recovery, and hope.” You can reserve tickets on their website here.
The memorial, which is on the site of the World Trade Center and includes inscribed names of all those killed in the attacks, twin reflecting pools in the space of the twin towers, and many other features in memoriam, is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., but on September 11 it is reserved until 3 p.m. exclusively for 9/11 family members.
Remember the Sky
Social media campaign, Remember the Sky, encourages people to take a photo of the sky, wherever you may be and no matter the weather, to post to Instagram tagging @911memorial with the hashtags #NeverForget911 and #rememberthesky. The campaign helps people from all around engage in remembrance “and recognize how we are all connected to one another underneath the same big sky.” Though those born after 2001 had to learn about the attacks, rather than recall by memory, participating in Remember the Sky “[exposes] a new generation to the lessons learned during and following 9/11 as together, we fulfill our collective promise never to forget.”