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How NYC Is Remembering 9/11 This Year & Honoring All Lives Lost

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

How NYC Is Remembering 9/11 This Year & Honoring All Lives Lost

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic 9/11 attacks, when almost 3,000 people were killed at the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and on Flight 93.

20 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 20 years ago on September 11th and also portray the strength and resilience of our city:

“Tribute in Lights” 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 second year, that tribute will be extended across the city with over 40 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, the Times Square Ball, Pier 17 New York, 55 Water Street, the Times Square Ball, 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 7:00 a.m. with the ceremony expected to conclude at 1:00 p.m.

See here to stream the ceremony.

A Performance for Peace

Lincoln Center has recreated their annual public performance ritual for peace, the “Table of Silence Project 9/11.” For the socially distanced performance, “the original 10-foot-long silk costumes in vibrant reds, golds and greens will be transformed by costume designer Elena Comendador into tones of alchemic white and silver, to recall the ashes, purity and sacredness of the lost souls remembered on this anniversary.” The show includes 32 dancers “encircling Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain with Daniel Bernard Roumain on violin, Marc Bamuthi Joseph performing his spoken word ‘Awakening’ and Terese Capucilli leading the ritual as Bell Master.” People can livestream the performance that begins at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Learn more here.

Memorial & Museum

The 9/11 Museum will be open to the public on Sunday, 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 every day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., but on September 11th it is reserved until 3pm exclusively for 9/11 family members.

In other news: The Empire State Building Will Light Up Blue Tonight In Memory Of 9/11