On this Sept. 11, we take a moment to remember those we lost as well as honor those who responded to the attacks that forever changed our lives. Below are five Sept. 11-related events happening throughout New York City. We will never forget. By Carly Petrone.
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Starting at dusk, the powerful and majestic blue twin beams will light up near the World Trade Center site to honor the twin towers as well as those who lost their lives thirteen years ago. The Municipal Art Society of New York first presented Tribute in Light on March 11, 2002, just six months after the attacks. The illuminated memorial reaches 4 miles into the sky and is the strongest shaft of light ever projected from earth in the night sky. The beams will be lit from dusk on Sept. 11, through dawn the next day.
The Bell of Hope at Trinity Church will be rung in St. Paul’s churchyard at 8:46 a.m. and 9 a.m. in remembrance of those killed in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. A special noonday Eucharist will take place at 12:05 p.m. with The Rev. James H. Cooper. A webcast will also be streaming live and will be available on-demand for the following 24 hours.
The September 11th Memorial Plaza will be open to the public from 6 p.m. to midnight on the 13th anniversary of the attacks. This will mark the first time the general public will be able to visit the plaza on the actual date. Stand by the waterfall of the North Tower and walk past The Survivor Tree to reflect, remember, and say a prayer for those who lost their lives at Ground Zero that day.
The FDNY Staten Island Retirees will host a candlelight vigil tonight at Alice Austen House to remember the 343 of New York’s Bravest lost in the World Trade Center attacks. The ceremony will overlook the Manhattan skyline and include a roll call of fallen firefighters, a fireboat display, concert, and food. Ceremony goes from 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Take part in this year’s Remember Me Run on Saturday (Sept. 13) at 3 p.m. Each year St. Michael’s Cemetery hosts the 2-mile long race in honor and in celebration of the first responders who sacrificed their lives to save others on 9/11. Funds will be donated to the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund. Registration is $25 and sign-ins will begin at 10 a.m. Donations will also go toward helping those battling cancer and living with vision disabilities through organizations like VISIONS and Sharing is Caring.
In addition to these events happening throughout the city, there are also numerous ways to participate in the annual commemoration through acts of service in your communities. Volunteer in remembrance of the victims of 9/11 while representing the spirit of unity that has emerged in the aftermath of this devastating event. Click here to learn more about how to volunteer in your area.