Military and First-Responder Ceremonies

Use this permit application for military and first-responder ceremonies at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. 

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum provides space on a limited basis for official military and first-responder ceremonies by individuals or groups who wish to pay tribute to and honor the nearly 3,000 men, women, and children killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993, and all those who risked their lives to save others. We ask that all potential ceremony participants assist in the commemoration of these lives and join us in bearing solemn witness at this site made sacred by tragic loss.

Our Policy

It is the policy of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to allow for certain public events, including musical performances and official military and first-responder ceremonies, by permit only. Prohibited activities include third-party vending, leafleting, protests, rallies, and any activity that has the effect, intent, or propensity to draw a crowd of onlookers, except those activities specifically mentioned above. The 9/11 Memorial reserves the right to amend this policy at any time and for any reason. Completion of the application does not guarantee a permit will be issued.

Please allow 10 business days for review and processing of your application.

Ceremony/Performance Rules and Regulations

  • Permits for official military, first responder, or veteran ceremonies will be issued for a maximum of 30 minutes. There will be no exceptions and ceremony times will be strictly enforced.
  • Use of amplified sound is forbidden.
  • Ceremonies may not exceed a decibel level of 85. Any violation of this decibel restriction will result in the immediate revocation of the permit and may result in removal of participants from the Memorial.
  • All equipment must be provided and transported by the ceremony participants and size restrictions may apply.
  • All participants and equipment are subject to security screening.
  • Absolutely no solicitation or signage of any kind is allowed on the Memorial.
  • Any action or statement that may be interpreted as threatening or could result in impeding Memorial traffic will result in immediate revocation of the permit and may result in removal of participants from the Memorial.
  • Ceremony location on the Memorial will be determined by the sole discretion of 9/11 Memorial staff.
  • Ceremony participants may not interfere with traffic flow on the Memorial or disrupt other Memorial visitors in any way. 

Other Rules and Regulations

  • Any use of the 9/11 Memorial name or logo without pre-approval from the 9/11 Memorial will result in immediate revocation of the permit.
  • Ceremony participants agree to follow the 9/11 Memorial & Museum visitor rules and regulations.