9/11 Anniversary: Schedule of Events

September 11, 2008 4:58:44 AM PDT
Many events are being planned in our area and around the country to mark the anniversary of September 11th. NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 11th COMMEMORATION CEREMONY

The city's observance will take place at Zuccotti Park, on Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Streets, on the morning of Thursday, September 11th. The ceremony will officially begin at 8:40 A.M. Families of those who died on September 11th may start arriving at 7 a.m. Family members and students representing the countries that lost individuals on September 11th will read the names of the victims, while music will provide a backdrop throughout the program. The ceremony will pause at four moments - twice to mark the times that each plane hit the towers, and twice to mark the time when each tower fell. The first moment of silence will be at 8:46 A.M., and houses of worship have been asked to toll their bells at that time. While the names are read, family members will be able to descend the ramp single file to a limited area at the lowest level of the site where they may lay flowers and return to street level. The ceremony will conclude at approximately 12:30 P.M. (this is subject to change). A preliminary outline of the event program is as follows (details and times subject to change):

  • 8:40 AM
    Program begins
    Bagpipers and drummers lead WTC Flag to the stage
    Young People's Chorus of New York performs Star Spangled Banner
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg introduces moment of silence

  • 8:46 AM
    Moment of silence (observance of time first plane struck North Tower)
    (Houses of worship will toll their bells throughout the City)
    Family Reading #1
    Mayor Bloomberg introduces the reading of the names
    Family members and students representing the countries that lost individuals will begin reading the names in pairs
  • There will be 105 pairs (210 readers) who will continue until all names are read
  • Music will provide a backdrop throughout the program
  • Families will proceed to the World Trade Center Site where they may descend the ramp to the lowest level of the site at 8:47 AM

  • 9:03 AM
    Moment of silence (observance of time second plane struck South Tower)
    New York Governor David Paterson delivers reading
    Family Reading #2
    New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine delivers reading
    Reading of names continues/music resumes

  • 9:59 AM
    Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the South Tower)
    Family Reading #3
    Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani delivers reading
    Reading of names continues/music resumes

  • 10:29 AM
    Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the North Tower)
    Former New York Governor George E. Pataki delivers reading
    Itzhak Perlman and members of The Perlman Music Program, Molly Carr, violist, and Mimi Yu, cellist, perform a movement from Beethoven's Serenade for Strings, Opus #8
    Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff delivers reading
    Reading of names continues/music resumes
    Reading of names concludes
    Young People's Chorus of New York performs "I will remember you"
    Taps performed by three trumpeters (NYPD, FDNY and PAPD)

  • 12:30 PM
    Program concludes


    Borough President James P. Molinaro and Mayor Michael Bloomberg will hold a memorial ceremony to remember the Staten Island victims on the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attack on the World Trade Center.

    The ceremony will be held on Thursday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. at Postcards, Staten Island's September 11 Memorial, located on the St. George Esplanade, adjacent to the Ferry Terminal. Enter from Richmond Terrace at Jersey Street or the Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Free parking will be available.

    The program will include tribute readings for all 274 Staten Island victims read by family members, and a recital of "We Will Never Forget" by students from P.S. 58 and Curtis High School.

    Other New York City events - From FamiliesOfSeptember11.org

  • On September 10, 2008, Voices of September 11 will host a Day of Remembrance at the Marriott New York Downtown (85 West Street). The forum will include panel discussions, workshops and 9/11 exhibits, including updates on the 9/11 Living Memorial digital archive project and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. Voices will also be hosting a Commemorative Luncheon on September 11, 2008 at the Marriott. Cost of attending the luncheon is $20 per person. RSVP to Michelle Doherty, at 203-966-3911 or MDoherty@VoicesofSept11.org.

  • The seventh annual "We Remember Walk". Honoring victims, families, survivors, and responders of the September 11th attacks as well as military and first responders nationally. Assemble at Battery Park (near the WTC Sphere) on September 27th at 1 p.m. The walk begins at 2 p.m. to the World Trade Center.

  • Musicians For Harmony Presents its 7th Annual "Concert for Peace" on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 7:30 pm Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th Street, New York City, 212-501-3330, Kaufman-Center.org. Tickets: $35, $75, $125 (includes reception with artists) student discounts available AllAboutJazz.com

  • Reflect and remember. The New York Buddhist Church hosts the "9/11 WTC Memorial Interfaith Floating Lanterns Ceremony," at Pier 40 on the Hudson River at West Houston Street 212-678-0305). It's a symbolic representation of respect for those who perished in the World Trade Center attacks. Beginning at 6 p.m., participants may write loved ones' names or messages for peace on the lanterns. Music follows. At 7:45 p.m., as dusk approaches, the lighted lanterns are released on the waters of the Hudson River just north of Ground Zero. FREE. NewYorkbuddhistChurch.org.

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. - Survivor Tree Visit. Directly following the official ceremony, we will meet at the Survivor Tree for our own moments of reflection. We will again be joined by our friends from Oklahoma City. Location: Living Memorial Grove, near City Hall.


  • Jersey City - On Thursday, September 11, 2008, the New Jersey 9/11 Memorial Foundation will be holding a brief ceremony at the Central NJ Railroad Terminal in Liberty State Park. The ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and is expected to draw friends, colleagues, family members, survivors, and legislators to the site where the NJ 9/11 Memorial "Empty Sky" will be built.

  • Mantua Township - The Gloucester County Board of Freeholders, Mantua Mayor and Township Committee will hold a Patriot Day Ceremony on Thursday, September 11, in remembrance of the attacks on the United States. The 7th anniversary memorial will be held at the Place of Reflection, inside the Chestnut Branch Park on Main Street, and will be open to the public. The memorial will be a tribute to all those who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks, most especially Gloucester County residents John Rodak, Nicholas W. Brandemarti and Perry Thompson.

  • Morris County - The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders will observe the 7th anniversary of the tragic events that took place Sept. 11, 2001, with a public Remembrance Service and Candlelight Vigil on Sunday, Sept. 7. The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from Morris View Healthcare Center, formerly Morris View Nursing Home.


  • New London - A 9/11/01 remembrance ceremony will be held at fire headquarters at 289 Bank Street in New London, ct on 9/11/08 at 11:30 am. The ceremony will be followed by a luncheon inside the firehouse. All emergency service members and members of the public are invited to attend. All off-duty NLFD members who attend are requested to dress in full class a uniform. It is anticipated that the ceremony will last about 30 minutes.

  • New Milford - You are cordially invited to participate in the seventh anniversary of Voices of September 11th Memorial Ceremonies to be held on Thursday, September 11, 2008. The ceremonies will take place at Patriots Way Plaza in the New Milford Railroad station parking area. We will assemble around the 9-11 Monument at 8:00 AM and the service will commence at 8:48 AM. RSVP by August 31st, 2008. Telephone Number (860) 354-4913.

  • Suffield - A traveling exhibit about how Connecticut's citizens have responded and reflected to 9/11. It includes the "Connecticut Remembers" Memorial Board, photographs, memory objects, audio/video stations, and Connecticut's 9/11 Memorial Library. It will be open to the public on 9/11/08. It is located at: 205 Bridge Street Suffield, CT 06078 and is wheelchair accessible.


  • YONKERS - 8:30AM - The City of Yonkers will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning in Washington Park, directly in front of City Hall on the South Broadway side. The ceremony will include remarks by Mayor Phil Amicone and other city officials and will mark two moments of silence at the exact times planes struck the World Trade Center towers.

  • VALHALLA - 10AM - County Exec. Andy Spano will observe the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by placing a wreath at the center of The Rising, Westchester's September 11th Memorial. Tomorrow, the Memorial will be open from dawn to 12 midnight and will be lit after dusk. Spano will place the wreath at 10 a.m. Also, "A Community Comes Together: The Making of The Rising 9/11 Memorial" exhibition is on view weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains. The Rising is located at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

  • HAVERSTRAW - Rockland Memorial Ceremony. An opening prayer; remarks by the county executive and the legislative chairwoman. 8:30 a.m. A moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. At 9:03 a.m., names of the 9/11 victims will be read. Haverstraw Bay County Park, Gagan Road.

  • NEW ROCHELLE - Tree planting in memory of New York City Firefighter Vincent A. Princiotti, who died on the day of the terror attacks. 12:45 p.m., Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center, 94 Davis Ave. His late mother, Anita Princiotti, attended the Doyle center. Major League Baseball donated the tree.

  • MILLWOOD - New Castle ceremony. A memorial service and the unveiling of a monument in tribute to local victims and first-responders. 6 p.m. Gedney Park, Route 133.

  • NEW CITY - Clarkstown Remembrance Ceremony. At the 9/11 Memorial adjacent to Town Hall. The names of 74 Rockland County residents who perished will be read. Rain site: Town Hall auditorium. 5 p.m. Town Hall, 10 Maple Ave.

  • ORANGEBURG - 9/11 Memorial Observance. With music and a reading of the names of Rockland residents who perished at the World Trade Center. 6:30 p.m. Town Hall, 26 Orangeburg Road.

  • PIERMONT - Mass of Remembrance. 7 p.m. Church of St. John the Baptist, 895 Piermont Ave

  • RAMAPO - 9/11 Commemoration. Ceremony honors those Rockland residents or those with ties to Rockland who perished in the World Trade Center attacks and aftermath. 8:15 a.m. Rockland Community College, 145 College Road.

  • RAMAPO - 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony. A tribute to the eternal spirit of the innocent victims and the selfless courage shown by public servants, volunteers and private citizens on that fateful day. 8 p.m. Town Hall, 237 Route 59.

  • SLOATSBURG - 9/11 Memorial Service. Memorial service and candlelight procession. 7:30 p.m. Sloatsburg Athletic Field, Route 17 at Eagle Valley Road.

  • SUFFERN - 9/11 Memorial. 7 p.m. Donna Hallett Park, Lonergan Drive.

  • ARMONK - Service. 7 p.m. Wampus Brook Park, Route 128 and Maple Avenue.

  • MOUNT KISCO - Remembrance ceremony. Sponsor: Mount Kisco Volunteer Fire Department. 6:15 p.m. Village Hall, 104 Main St.

  • NEW ROCHELLE - Prayer service. Sponsor: United Veterans Memorial Patriotic Association and Habitat for Humanity of Westchester. 7:30 p.m. New Rochelle Armory, 260 Main St

  • NORTH SALEM - Ceremony. Officials, police and ambulance corps, Croton Falls firefighters, Scouts. 6:30 p.m. Firehouse, Route 116.

  • PORT CHESTER - Remembrance at the 9/11 Monument. 7 p.m. Lyon Park, Putnam Avenue and King Street.

  • RYE - Ceremony. Dedication of a plaque honoring the 403 uniformed heroes who died in the World Trade Center. 6 p.m. Rye Fire Department headquarters, Locust Avenue and Purchase Street.

  • MAMARONECK - Tri-municipal ceremony. Fire and police departments of Larchmont and Mamaroneck town and village; the Mamaroneck Ambulance District; local Scout troop honor guards; and public officials. 5 p.m. Memorial Park, Myrtle Boulevard. 914-381-7805.

  • WHITE PLAINS - Remembrance. The mayor, Common Council, Police Department and families of White Plains victims will attend. 6:15 p.m. Liberty Park, 177 Lake St. 914-422-1200.

  • BREWSTER - Taize Prayers for Peace and Healing. 7 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church, 2103 Route 6.

  • BREWSTER - Remembrance. 7 p.m. Elks lodge, Route 22 and Milltown Road.

    For a list of commemoration events by state and country, CLICK HERE.