The 20th Anniversary Commemoration

  • September 13, 2021
Bright sunshine illuminates the Memorial, which is decorated with American flags and flowers.
Photo by Ben Hider

For two decades, we have come together as a nation on September 11 to remember the day that changed New York - and our world - forever. This Saturday's milestone anniversary commemoration was a powerful tribute to all those killed, underscoring the hope, resilience, and unity we shared in the aftermath of the attacks. In the face of a tragedy that for many still remains difficult to process even today, strength and compassion lift us up. 

Photos by Monika Graff, Ben Hider, and Jin Lee
Photo by Jin Lee

We are deeply grateful to the tens of thousands of you who joined us in remembrance this weekend, in person or online, in lower Manhattan, at the Pentagon, in Shanksville, PA, or from cities across the country and around the world. Whether you watched the commemoration ceremony, viewed the Tribute in Light, or posted photos of the sky we share, your support helps ensure that a new generation will #NeverForget911. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for additional photos, or visit to learn more.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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