Nation remembers victims on 21st anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Memorial ceremonies at the sites of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will honor the 2,977 victims who died that day. The attacks ignited the 20-year Global War on Terror, which in turn led to the loss of thousands of US service men and women.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum commemoration ceremony in New York City will take place on the Memorial plaza and focus on an in-person reading of the names of victims by family members. Throughout the ceremony, six moments of silence will be observed, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell and the times of the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93.
A ceremony at the Flight 93 Memorial in Stoystown, Pa., will begin at 9:45 a.m. EDT at the Memorial Plaza. At 10:03 a.m., the moment Flight 93 crashed, the names of the passengers and crew members will be read with the ringing of the Bells of Remembrance. The ceremony will be live streamed on the park’s Facebook page.
Services are typically held at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, a national memorial where the 184 lives lost in the attack on the Pentagon are represented by “Memorial Unit” benches. Surrounding the benches are 85 Crape Myrtles (trees that will grow up to 30 feet tall) and the Age Wall, which grows one inch in height per year relative to the ages of the victims.