How NYC Is Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 This Weekend

The Tribute in Light.EXPAND
The Tribute in Light.

Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and New York City’s official commemoration events will honor those who lost their lives that day.

Here are some remembrance ceremonies and memorials occurring around the city from Friday through September 11.

NYPD 9/11 PARADE: The NYPD is holding the first annual remembrance day parade to honor the 23 officers who lost their lives on 9/11, and those who died following the attacks of cancer and other 9/11-related illnesses. The parade will be held Friday, September 9, from noon to 3 p.m. beginning near the Wall Street Bull on Broadway in Lower Manhattan and ending at the NYPD’s Police Memorial Wall near Liberty Street and South End Avenue, where a memorial service will be held.

9/11 MEMORIAL LIVE STREAM: The 15th anniversary commemoration ceremony at the World Trade Center site will be broadcast live on the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s website from 8:46 a.m., beginning at the time when the first place crashed into the World Trade Center.

NEW YORK CITY FIRE MUSEUM MEMORIAL: The service held at the museum on Sunday will honor the 343 firefighters who lost their lives during the attacks. The memorial begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. at the FDNY Museum’s 278 Spring Street location.

ST. PAUL’S CHAPEL: The small church located across the street from the World Trade Center offered rescue workers a place to recover in the days following 9/11. The annual tradition begins at 8:46 a.m. when Rev. Dr. William Lupfor will ring the Bell of Hope in four sets of five rings in remembrance of the fallen. There will be an additional ceremony at 3:30 p.m. commemorating the workers who lost their lives because of the attacks.

TRIBUTE IN LIGHT: On Sunday, beginning at sunset, the twin beams of light symbolizing the fallen Twin Towers will illuminate the city’s skyline from Ground Zero and will be visible within a 60-mile radius until they fade at dawn. Anyone who wishes to view the Tribute in Light up close can visit the 9/11 Memorial plaza, open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight. 

ESPLANADE & POSTCARDS: The outdoor sculpture in the St. George neighborhood of the Staten Island near the Ferry Terminal honors the 275 Staten Islanders who lost their lives in the tragedy. Granite plaques with names and birthdays of victims line the inside of the sculpture’s two white marble wings, standing 30 feet tall meant to represent postcards to loved ones. It is the first major 9/11 memorial completed in the city, framing the location where the towers stood. A memorial ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, and the memorial is open all day to the public.

Postcards Memorial in Staten Island
Postcards Memorial in Staten Island

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