Plan a 21st Anniversary Commemoration

  • September 9, 2022
Sunflowers and small American flags on the Memorial

On Sunday, the families of 9/11 victims will gather at the Memorial & Museum for the annual commemoration ceremony. That private ceremony centers on the reading aloud of the names of the 2,983 men, women, and children who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and in the February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. We also observe six moments of silence marking the times when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell, the Pentagon was attacked, and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania. 

We invite you to join us for the ceremony via live stream beginning at 8:40 a.m., and to commemorate in your own way as well. Below are some ideas and suggestions for how to help ensure we #neverforget. 

Observe the moments of silence with us.
Note times and their significance. 

  • 8:46 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower.
  • 9:03 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower.
  • 9:37 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C.
  • 9:59 a.m.: The South Tower collapsed.
  • 10:03 a.m.: After learning of the other attacks, passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 launched a counterattack on hijackers aboard their plane to try to seize control of the aircraft. In response, the hijackers crashed the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
  • 10:28 a.m.: The North Tower collapsed, leaving the 16-acre World Trade Center site in ruins and collateral damage affecting all adjacent properties and streets. The rescue effort commenced immediately.

Bell Tolling
Toll bells at each of the times listed above.

Reading of Victim Names
View or read the names inscribed on the Memorial

Black and white text on sky blue background with Memorial & Museum logo

Remember the Sky Social Media Activation
Participate in our Remember the Sky social media campaign, an active remembrance that recognizes how we are all connected to one another under the same big sky. Snap a picture of the sky where you are - no matter the weather - and post it to Instagram. Get the details here

Share Your Remembrances 
In addition to our Remember the Sky activation, we invite you to commemorate September 11 with your own remembrances and thoughtful posts. Right click on the images below to include them. Please be sure to tag us at @911memorial and include the hashtag #neverforget911. Please also be sure to review our guidelines for proper usage

  • Flowers on the Memorial Glade
  • Hands on the Memorial
  • Pink roses on the Memorial
  • One World Trade Center and an aerial view of the Memorial plaza

Lower Flags
Lower flags to half-staff beginning at 8:46 a.m., the moment when Flight 11 struck the North Tower.

Host a Local Memorial Beautification Day
Plan a volunteer day to clean and restore a 9/11 memorial in your community. Learn more.

Participate in Our Annual Anniversary in the Schools Program
Join students and teachers from around the world for a 35-minute film featuring first-person accounts of the attacks. Watch here.

Talk to Children About Terrorism
Terrorist attacks and acts of extreme violence around the world evoke strong emotions and questions in all of us. Anniversaries of terrorist attacks and moments of commemoration often prompt these difficult emotions and questions for children as well. We have prepared tips as broad guidelines to help parents and caregivers navigate talking to children about terrorism and other mass casualty events. Learn more.

Get Definitive Answers
Visit our FAQ page for trusted information on the attacks, 

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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