A women holds her hands, clasped in prayer, near her face as she leans on the 9/11 Memorial.  A name on the Memorial is adorned with a photograph and American flag as this visitor closes her eyes in remembrance and prayer.
Photo by Ben Hider

2020 Annual Report: Commemoration

Despite a year with unprecedented challenges, we continued our mission to honor the victims of the attacks, the survivors, the responders, rescue and recovery workers, and the expanded 9/11 community by holding our annual commemoration ceremonies, both virtually and onsite.

September 11, 2001 Commemoration

A man braces an arm on the names parapet, alongside red flower tributes.

Family members, survivors, first responders, and elected officials gathered at the 9/11 Memorial in a safe and socially distanced manner to observe the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and commemorate the 2,977 people killed.

This is a video recording of the May 30, 2002 commemorative ceremony.


May 30, 2002 Commemoration

Each year on May 30, we honor the courage and sacrifice of all 9/11 rescue, recovery, and relief workers, as well as survivors and members of the lower Manhattan community, by marking the anniversary of the formal end of the historic recovery efforts at Ground Zero with a commemorative ceremony. This year, since we were not able to gather together to observe the 18th anniversary, we held a special digital commemorative ceremony, which can be viewed above or with audio description.

February 26, 1993

A section of the Memorial’s bronze parapets lists the names of the six people killed in the February 26, 1993 attack on the World Trade Center.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

On February 26, we marked the 27th anniversary of the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center with a ceremony at panel N-73, where the names of the six victims of the attack are engraved on the parapet of the North Memorial Pool. We gathered with the victims’ families, survivors, downtown residents, and city and state officials to mark the anniversary with a moment of silence, the tolling of a bell, and a reading of the names of the victims of the first terror attack at the site.