19th Anniversary Commemoration

The heart of the mission of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum remains the annual commemoration ceremony. Our hope is to gather on the Memorial plaza while adhering to state and federal guidelines as they relate to social distancing and public gatherings.

A family member places a white carnation in a name on a memorial panel.  His arm is extending into the frame from the left side as he add a carnation to row flowers placed inside the name..
Photo by Jin S. Lee

As in years past, the focus of the commemoration will be the reading of the names. Out of an abundance of caution and in line with the guidance regarding social distancing, we will not ask family members to read the names of victims in person on a stage this year. Recorded readings of the names made by 9/11 family members will instead be used for the 19th anniversary commemoration ceremony. The recordings are part of the Museum’s In Memoriam exhibition and will be used to ensure that each victim is recognized and remembered.

Relatives of 9/11 victims should check the 9/11 Family Members page to learn more about taking part in the commemoration ceremony and to find any updates.

Throughout the ceremony, we will observe six moments of silence, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell, and the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. Our program will commence at 8:30 a.m., and the first moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m. We will encourage houses of worship to toll their bells at that time.

Provided that we can reopen the Museum in compliance with state and federal parameters, exclusive access to the Museum will again be offered only to families of 9/11 victims on the anniversary. The Memorial will open to the general public following the commemoration ceremony, which is exclusively for family members. Like many other institutions, we are closely monitoring the evolving status of the COVID-19 health crisis and are planning accordingly to ensure safety while maintaining our mission to honor the victims and those who risked their lives to save others.

All visitors to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum must follow our health and safety guidelines