As we mark the 18th anniversary of 9/11, we are highlighting how communities all over the world commemorate 9/11 locally through observances, volunteerism, student engagement and local events. You can find more information and resources for planning your own ceremony here.
In an especially noteworthy tribute to those killed in the 9/11 attacks, the San Francisco Giants flank their iconic statue of Willie Mays Jr. with the names of victims. This tribute emphasizes the important link between 9/11 and California, where all four hijacked flights were headed that morning.
The passengers aboard Flight 93—who courageously fought back against the hijackers before their plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pa.—were destined for San Francisco. When the four flights did not arrive in California, families there undoubtedly felt the emotions so many have described on the East Coast.
The Giants’ tribute also reminds us of the healing role sports played in the aftermath of the attacks. As the nation grappled with questions of security, defense, rescue and recovery, sports professionals wondered if it was acceptable to resume playing. Could sports play a role in healing the suffering 9/11 created? When was it okay to play again? "Comeback Season: Sports After 9/11," a special exhibition that concluded earlier this year, explored many of these difficult questions.
See photos of the Giants’ moving tribute to the victims in the gallery below.
By Timothy McGuirk, Communications Manager, 9/11 Memorial & Museum