A Look Back at This Year’s 9/11 Ceremony, Tribute in Light, and Museum Reopening

A flower bouquet and a laminated photo of an FDNY firefighter are left on the memorial parapet for the 19th anniversary.
Photo by Ben Hider

We gathered on the 9/11 Memorial plaza earlier this month to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Family members, survivors, and first responders embraced one another and left tributes in honor of their loved ones on the Memorial plaza. The following day, we reopened the 9/11 Memorial Museum after a six-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the month of September, various news outlets published informative, engaging articles about the work of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and the unique challenges of commemorating 9/11 during a global health crisis.


9/11 Commemoration:

'Nothing scares me': For 9/11 responder, COVID was the hardest battle yet (ABC News)

How This Year's 9/11 Ceremony Marking 19 Years Since Attacks Will Look Different (NBC 4 New York)

In a year of social distancing, virus alters Sept. 11, too (Associated Press)

U.S. marks 9/11 anniversary at tributes shadowed by virus (Associated Press)

New York City Marks 9/11 at a Time of Harrowing Loss (New York Times)

Nation Marks 19th Anniversary of 9/11 with Intimate Events (Wall Street Journal)

Family members, politicians gather at dual 9/11 memorial services for 19th anniversary of World Trade Center terrorist attack (Daily News)

Trump, Biden take break from campaign to commemorate 9/11 anniversary (Reuters)

9/11 remembrance ceremonies go on amid pandemic and social distancing requirements (NBCNews.com)

Like 9/11, COVID-19 has stripped away Americans' sense of security as they wonder how safe they really are (USA Today)


Tribute in Light:

9/11 'Tribute in Light' tested ahead of anniversary (ABC 7 New York)

9/11 Tribute in Light shines bright over New York City (ABC 7 New York)

‘Tribute in Light’ 9/11 memorial shines bright on final night (New York Post)


Museum Reopening:

9/11 Museum Reopens To General Public Six Months After Coronavirus Forced Shutdown (CBS 2 New York)

9/11 Memorial Museum reopens to public after 6-month shutdown (USA Today)


Educational Offerings:

Megan Jones: Remembering 9/11 (WKYC 3)

Nightly News: Kids Edition (NBCNews.com)



El Paso Walmart Shooting: One Year Later, Museum Collects Items Left Behind (Wall Street Journal)

Six 9/11 victims had birthdays that day. For all, a single white rose. (Washington Post)


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