Memorial Glade Dedication and May 30th Commemoration

9/11 Memorial Glade Dedication Ceremony

On May 30, 2019, a permanent and historic modification to the 9/11 Memorial will be formally dedicated. Henceforth to be known as the 9/11 Memorial Glade, this new pathway, flanked by large stone monoliths, on the Memorial will honor in perpetuity the ongoing sacrifice of rescue, recovery and relief workers, and survivors and members of the broader lower Manhattan community, who are suffering and dying from illnesses caused by exposure to hazards and toxins in the aftermath of the attacks. The Glade will also recognize the tremendous capacity of the human spirit exemplified during rescue and recovery efforts at all three attack sites in the selflessness and resolve, perseverance and courage of those who came to help and to heal.

We invite you to gather with us near the Glade, in the center of the Memorial plaza, beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 30. The dedication ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. The Glade will open to the public immediately following the dedication ceremony. To help us in our planning efforts, please RSVP to with your name and number of guests.

Additional Events and Programs

In recognition of the 17th anniversary of the end of the World Trade Center rescue, recovery and relief operation—May 30, 2002—the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will also host dedicated programs and commemorative activities from Thursday, May 30, to Sunday, June 2, 2019.

As always, rescue and recovery workers are welcome to visit the Museum during this time with complimentary admission for two guests. If you have not yet joined the Rescue and Recovery Workers Registry, registration is required to reserve your complimentary tickets.

“Hallelujah”: A May 30th Tribute
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, in partnership with “Choir! Choir! Choir!” and ALL ARTS, will present a special community event to coincide with the 9/11 Memorial Glade dedication. The evening program will pay tribute to those who are sick or have died because of 9/11 illnesses, their families and all those who responded when our nation needed it most.

Choir! Choir! Choir! (C!C!C!) exists to celebrate music and push the boundaries between practice and performance, artist and audience, offering therapeutic benefits with the ultimate side effect: a powerful community. We invite you to gather with Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, the founders of C!C!C!, in the Museum’s Foundation Hall to take part in a choral arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright. 

All are welcome and no singing experience is necessary. You’ll get a song sheet at the door, and Daveed and Nobu will teach you the vocal arrangement. You will then perform "Hallelujah" with Wainwright in Foundation Hall, and then proceed to the newly dedicated Memorial Glade for a final performance. ALL ARTS, a member of the WNET family of public media organizations, will film the program for future airing on its free broadcast channel and streaming platform.

Join us for this special program at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are complimentary but required, and can be reserved here.

12 p.m. Project Rebirth Short: Joe
This film will play in the Museum's Auditorium, and tells the story of Joe, a NYPD detective sergeant, who was tapped to supervise the emotionally-draining search for human remains among the World Trade Center wreckage in sifting operations based on nearby Staten Island. 

This film contains explicit content, including disturbing images that may not be suitable for children. Viewer discretion is advised. 

Drop-in activities in the Education Center are tied to specific artifacts and themes in the Museum. Meant to spark conversations between children and their caregivers, our current activities offer age-appropriate entry-points into the history of the World Trade Center, 9/11 and its aftermath. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Drop-in activities on this day include:

The Shield
The Shield, by New York City artist Red Grooms, depicts the variety of workers that came to Ground Zero to help after the Twin Towers collapsed on 9/11. Rescue and recovery workers, first responders, construction workers, politicians in hard-hats and military personnel are all shown performing important jobs at Ground Zero. The scene is enclosed inside the shape of an officer’s shield.

Visitors who take part in this activity will observe The Shield and then use modeling clay to sculpt the shape of one of the figures they identify in the artworkAfter they create their clay figure, they will then color it using markers. This activity allows visitors to consider why so many people came to help at Ground Zero after 9/11, and also encourages them to reflect on what they can do during times of tragedy to help in their own communities.

“Dear Hero” Postcards
After 9/11, thousands of letters came to New York City from children all over the country to thank police officers, firefighters and recovery workers for their work. Many began with the words “Dear Hero.” In this activity, visitors will have the chance to do the same—to create postcards to say thank you to someone in their community that has demonstrated courage and bravery in order to help someone in need or to protect the country they live in.

Dogs of 9/11 Exploration
Families will explore the artifacts on display in the exhibition "Dogs of 9/11" in the Education Center Lobby to learn about the hundreds of four-legged responders that came to help after 9/11. Using these artifacts as inspiration, participants will decorate a paw print with words, pictures and symbols of thanks and encouragement, which they can leave with us or give to a service dog or handler in their community. 

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum proudly presents a projection of images captured during the rescue and recovery operations, and from 9/11 health advocacy efforts, displayed on the Timescape wall in the Museum’s Foundation Hall.