Hard to believe that today marks the twentieth anniversary of September 11 2001. As native New Yorkers, we have visited the reflecting pool and museum multiple times. It tears a hole in the heart every time. If you are like us, you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing at the time the planes crashed into the towers.
On this solemn day, we hope that all of us can get along. And cut down on the vitriol that spews out. We honor September 11 by thinking about the things that unite us. Not those that divide us. As well as by being kind to the families whose loved ones perished. And appreciating the bravery and commitment of first responders.
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Note: The U.S. Library of Congress has a Web site dedicated to the poetry of September 11. Check it out.
Commemorating the Twentieth Anniversary of September 11 2021
For this post, we rely on the extensive site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
For this special anniversary, it notes that:
The heart of the mission of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum remains the annual commemoration ceremony. Family members of 9/11 victims gather on the Memorial plaza to read aloud the names of those killed in the 9/11 attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
On this day, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will lead the nation, and the world. As we mark the passage of two decades since the day that changed our lives forever.
The focus of our commemoration will be the reading of the names by family members in-person. Throughout the ceremony, we will observe six moments of silence, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell. As well as the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon. And the crash of Flight 93.
Our program commences at 8:30 A.M. With the first moment of silence observed at 8:46 A.M. At that time, we encourage houses of worship to toll their bells The ceremony is exclusively for 9/11 family members. Access to the Memorial starts at 7:00 A.M. on the anniversary. And the commemoration is expected to conclude at approximately 1:00 P.M.
At sundown, the annual “Tribute in Light” will once again illuminate the sky in commemoration of the anniversary of the attacks.