With the 17th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 tomorrow, there will be numerous commemorative ceremonies honoring the victims and those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while saving others. Along with the many memorial events in New York City, there will be ceremonies taking place across the country. If you live in, or will be visiting New York City, and want to learn more information about the different ways to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, also known as Patriot Day, please read our previous article series.
Below are some of the public programs of interest taking place nationwide to honor the victims of Flight 93 that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the victims of the Pentagon attack, the World Trade Center victims, and all who were affected, injured, or who passed away as a result of the attacks.
Flight 93 National Memorial, Shanksville, PA
The final phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial will be unveiled in time for the 17th anniversary. Joining the memorial plaza and the Wall of Names created in 2011, and the immersive visitor center completed in 2015, the 93-foot Tower of Voices will feature a grove of trees and wind chimes for each of the 40 passengers and crew who died when United Flight 93 crashed in a Pennsylvania field near Shanksville. The 40 who perished fought back when the terrorists attempted to take over the plane. Their brave actions deterred the plane from reaching its intended destination before it crashed near Shanksville. Beyond the memorial is the restricted crash zone, only open to the loved ones of the 40 passengers and crew who died on that fateful day 17 years ago. The Tower of Voices was dedicated on September 9, 2018, and open to the public thereafter. The National Park Service will hold a September 11 observance beginning at 9:45 am at the Flight 93 Visitor Center. Beginning at 10:03 am — when Flight 93 crashed — the names of the passengers and crew will be read along with the ringing of the Bells of Remembrance. President Trump will speak during the observance, as well as Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke.
The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum, Coatesville, PA
The National Iron & Steel Heritage Museum will host a commemorative service that is free and open to the public on the 17th anniversary. The Coatesville Remembers September 11th memorial ceremony will begin at 8:30 am with the bell ringing and special readings to mark the beginning of the events that unfolded on September 11. At 10:30 am, local dignitaries and city officials will speak to remember and honor the victims of the attacks. From 10:30 am to 8:00 pm, the museum will offer free admission to all indoor exhibits and museum videos. The official ceremony will be held at the site of the Steelworkers’ Memorial where a 50-ton steel trident from the World Trade Center resides, which the museum recovered in 2010.
9/11 Memorial Events, Washington, DC
Washington, DC, will hold numerous memorial events in honor of the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in the hopes of bringing people together from all walks of life to remember the lives lost, and to thank those first-responders who continue to serve their community. Some of the 9/11 memorial events include a National Day of Service volunteer opportunity in DC, the Pentagon Memorial and service, the Moment of Silence and Flags Across Arlington, and the Arlington Remembers service. There is also the 9/11 Unity Walk on September 16, 2018, offering people the opportunity to unify in the name of those who died while celebrating religious, race, sex/gender, and age diversity.
Day of Tribute, New Orleans, LA
The town of Slidell outside of New Orleans hosts an annual ceremony in tribute to all the victims of 9/11. This notable public program includes the annual New Orleans 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the first-responders who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 while recognizing local first-responders who have recently died. The day-long ceremonies encourage the participation of first-responders while memorializing those who died saving lives on 9/11.
Cedar Grove Flag Display, New Jersey
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has donated a piece of steel from the World Trade Center to Cedar Grove High School in North Jersey. The high school faculty and students are dedicated to preserving the memory of the lives lost on September 11, 2001, through action, education, and installing public memorials on the school’s property to serve as reminders. The students attend a 9/11 seminar and then place 2,977 flags next to memorial placards for each victim who perished on September 11. This is a powerful tribute to the lives lost where relatives of victims often come to visit, and where students and the public alike can come to reflect. Recently, the school’s 9/11 memorial added a granite feature which resembles the Two Towers embellished with the names of the 2,977 victims, also containing the World Trade Center steel. The CGHS will hold a memorial ceremony on the 17th anniversary honoring the victims and the resilience of all who rose from the devastation and tragedy of that day. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 and the 2,977 flags will continue waving through September 23, 2018.
9/11 Living Memorial, Online
The 9/11 Living Memorial Project is an interactive online tribute to all the victims of 9/11. The project commemorates the memories of those who perished while preserving the stories of heroism, sacrifice, and bravery in the face of such horrific loss and devastation. The 9/11 Living Memorial invites anyone who wants to contribute to reach out to them. Most of the existing stories and tributes on the website were created by family members and friends of those people who died on 9/11. There are also stories from the first-responders, recovery workers, volunteers, and survivors of the attacks. If you are unable to attend a ceremony in-person on September 11, 2018, but would still like to pay tribute to the victims, visit the 9/11 Living Memorial to read some of the many stories of the lives lost 17 years ago. You can access the Victim’s Remembrance pages and read about the individuals who were lost that day. The 9/11 Living Memorial welcomes new contributions to the Living Memorial Project, so follow this link to learn how you can contribute a story.
A Day Of Doing Good
In 2009, Congress declared September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance as a lasting tribute to the victims of 9/11, their relatives, survivors, first-responders, recovery workers, volunteers, and military personnel. If you would like to honor the victims of 9/11 with action, September 11 National Day of Service, or simply 9/11 Day, is dedicated to turning a day of overwhelming tragedy into “a day of doing good.” 9/11 Day is devoted to preserving the memories of those who died on 9/11, those who were injured, the loved ones of the victims, and all who have turned the events of that day into an opportunity to help others in need. If you would like to participate in one of many volunteer opportunities on the 17th anniversary of 9/11, visit 9/11 Day to learn when and where an event near you is happening. 9/11 Day of Service is an annual event where as many as 30 million Americans remember and honor the victims of September 11 by participating in a charitable program on the day of the anniversary. They offer guides on how you can participate as an individual, as a business, or as an organization. Simply type in your city and you will be directed to volunteer opportunities near you. Some popular events include the 9/11 Memorial & Museum retail greeter volunteers, 9/11 Day Meal Pack in New York City, and volunteer opportunities for mental health professionals. While they offer annual events and programs on the anniversary, there are opportunities year-round to participate in.
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