Remembering 9/11, 21 years later: What to know about Lower Manhattan’s tribute to terror attack victims

New York will again pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks during the annual ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center site.

The 21st anniversary of the horrific, coordinated attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 will take place beginning at 8:40 a.m. on Sunday morning, Sept. 11, 2022, at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum off West and Vesey Streets.

The ceremony will begin, as always, with the tolling of bells at 8:46 a.m., marking the time that the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Houses of worship across the Five Boroughs are also asked to toll their bells at this time.

Following the tolling and moment of silence, family members of those who died in the 9/11 attacks, as well as the Feb. 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, will begin reading all 2,983 names of the victims who perished in both incidents. The victims include 343 New York City firefighters and dozens of NYPD and Port Authority police officers, EMTs and other emergency personnel who sacrificed their lives while responding to the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

During the ceremony, only loved ones who lost family members in the 9/11 attacks will be able to access the memorial plaza, which will fully reopen to the public at 3 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Additional moments of silence and bell-tolling will be observed during the name-reading at the other pivotal moments of the 9/11 attacks: 9:03 a.m., when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center’s South Tower; 9:37 a.m., when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon; 9:59 a.m., when the South Tower collapsed; 10:03 a.m., when hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, PA; and 10:28 a.m., when the North Tower collapsed.

The name-reading is expected to conclude on or about 12:30 p.m.

Hours later, the city will pay one final homage to the 9/11 victims this year with the Tribute in Light. Twin beams of light representing the fallen Twin Towers will again be illuminated in Lower Manhattan at sunset, which is about 7:11 p.m. on Sept. 11. On a clear night, the Tribute in Light can be easily seen from various points across the New York City area. 

The Tribute in Light will be illuminated all evening and into the following morning, before fading away at sunrise on Sept. 12.

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