This year marks the 22nd anniversary of 9/11. It was a day of immense loss for the city of New York. Every year since then, the people of NYC have come together to honor those lives that were lost and hold events of remembrance on this heavily emotional day. Firefighters, police officers, families of the victims, and the people of NYC commemorate this day by attending museum exhibits and memorial concerts. They also participate in tribute runs and vigils.
An annual event is held each year on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza to welcome the families of the victims to join together. A ceremony is held, and all the names of those lost are read aloud, a total of 2,983 names. This is followed by six moments of silence to mark when each tower was struck when each tower fell, the attack at the Pentagon, and the crash of the United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
Ways to Pay Tribute
Visit the 9/11 Museum & Memorial
The 9/11 Museum and Memorial is the nation’s primary place to explore the impact and importance of these attacks. Guests will see memorial exhibits, artifacts, and first-hand stories from those affected. They do have modified hours on 9/11 while welcoming the families of the victims. Visit their site for more information and hours.
Tribute in Light
Tribute in Light is an annual art installation that beams blue lights into the sky upwards of four miles in the shape of the Twin Towers. On a clear night, the lights can be seen over 50 miles away. Neighboring buildings also light up blue to participate in this show of support. Head over to your favorite NYC park to see this beautiful tribute that highlights the spirit of the city. To learn more, click HERE.
See the New York City Fire Museum Exhibit
The New York City Fire Museum has an exhibit recognizing the bravery of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. Their exhibit emphasizes recovery and reflection. It shows the heroic acts that happened that day and how the firehouses all over the city came together, not only on 9/11 but also in the aftermath. Click HERE for more information.
The 9/11 Heroes Run is Sunday, September 10, 2023
The Tunnels to Towers Run is Sunday, September 24, 2023
Additional Ways to Show Support
If you’re unable to attend any of the events in NYC, there are other opportunities to honor the victims. The Never Forget Fund helps finance and support the education of 9/11 to a new generation. Click HERE to donate.
In the spirit of remembrance, a social media initiative has been started called “Remember the Sky.” Join this annual show of support by taking a picture of the sky, wherever you are, posting it on social media, and using the hashtags #NeverForget911 and #RememberThe Sky.
EMRG Media encourages any participation in these or other NYC tributes and remembrance events to honor the fallen this year.