Watch the September 11th ceremony: Families of 9/11 victims return to NYC for solemn ceremony

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Monday, September 11, 2023
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NEW YORK (WABC) -- The National September 11 Memorial & Museum hosted its annual commemoration ceremony to observe the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, honoring the 2,983 men, women, and children killed in the 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, aboard Flight 93, and those killed in the February 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing.

The September 11 commemoration is for family members of the victims, who were invited as always to participate in this year's reading of the names.

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Organizers said the main focus of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum remains the annual commemoration ceremony as family members gather on the Memorial plaza to remember their loved ones.

Throughout the ceremony, six moments of silence were observed, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell, and the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93.

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The first moment of silence was observed at 8:46 a.m. Houses of worship were encouraged to toll their bells at that time and families of victims will begin reading the names of the loved ones they have lost.

WATCHClips from the September 11, 2023 ceremony are listed below:

Reading of Names Starting with A

Ceremony in Lower Manhattan remembering those lost on September 11.

Reading of Names Starting with B

Reading of Names BA through BY

Reading of Names C and D

Reading of Names E through G

Reading of Names H through J

Reading of Names K and L

Reading of Names M through Ng

Reading of Names Ni through P

Reading of Names Q and R

Reading of Names S and T

Reading of Names U through Z and closing


-8:30 a.m. - Program begins

-8:46 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time AA Flight 11 struck North Tower)

-Families of victims of 2001 and 1993 attacks will begin reading the names in pairs.

-9:03 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time UA Flight 175 struck South Tower)

-Reading of names continues

-9:37 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time AA Flight 77 struck the Pentagon)

-Reading of names continues

-9:59 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the South Tower)

-Reading of names continues

-10:03 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time UA Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania)

-Reading of names continues

-10:28 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the North Tower)

-Reading of names continues to conclusion

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A complete list of the names of the 2,983 victims of the 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93, along with the victims of the 1993 WTC bombing that are inscribed on the Memorial can be found on the memorial's website.

An honor guard made up of individuals representing the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), and the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) participated in the ceremony.

The Tribute in Light, with its beams of light shining into the night sky, are returning in Lower Manhattan as a tribute to all those who were killed on 9/11.

Assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the twin beams reach up to four miles into the sky and are comprised of eighty-eight 7,000-watt xenon lightbulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers.

The installation can also be viewed from a 60-mile radius around Lower Manhattan.

The lights will be on beginning at sunset on September 11 and will fade away at dawn on September 12. There is no formal program.

The lights are best viewed when it is completely dark.


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