2010-09-03 / Community

NYC Announces 9/11 Tribute Plans

The City’s observance of 9/11 will take place at Zuccotti Park, on Liberty Street between Broadway and Trinity Place, on the morning of Saturday, September 11.

The ceremony will officially begin at 8:40 a.m. Families of those who died on September 11 may start arriving at 7:00 a.m. Music will provide a backdrop throughout the program. To recognize all those who have worked to build the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, family members will be paired with representatives from teams involved in building the Memorial and Museum including construction workers, engineers and architects. The ceremony will pause at four moments – twice to mark the times that each plane hit the towers, and twice to mark the time when each tower fell. The first moment of silence will be at 8:46 a.m., and houses of worship have been asked to toll their bells at that time. While the names are read, family members will be able to enter the WTC site and lay flowers on the upper level of the plaza where the National September 11 Memorial and Museum is being developed. The ceremony will conclude at approximately 12:00 noon (this is subject to change). A preliminary outline of the event program is as follows (details and times subject to change):

7:00 a.m.-Families begin to gather at Zuccotti Park.

8:40 a.m.-Program begins Introduction of citywide moment of silence.

8:46 a.m.-Moment of silence (observance of time first plane struck North Tower) (Houses of worship will toll their bells throughout the City) Introduction of the reading of the names of family members and workers involved in building the 9/11 Memorial and Museum will begin reading the names in pairs.

8:47 a.m.-Families begin entering the World Trade Center site.

9:03 a.m.-Moment of silence (observance of time second plane struck South Tower). Reading of names continues/ music resumes.

9:59 a.m.-Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the South Tower). Reading of names continues/music resumes.

10:28 am.-Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the North Tower). Reading of names continues/music resumes. Upon conclusion of reading of names, Taps will be performed by three trumpeters (NYPD, FDNY and PAPD) followed by a final music performance.

12:00 p.m.-Program concludes.

An honor guard made up of individuals representing Fire Department (FDNY), Police Department (NYPD), and Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) will participate in the ceremony.

The “Tribute in Light” will return for one night as a tribute to all those who were lost on September 11. The lights are located at West and Morris Streets in Lower Manhattan.

The lights will be on beginning at sunset on September 11, 2010 and fading away at dawn on September 12. There will be no formal program. The lights are best seen when it is completely dark; sunset is expected to occur at 7:11 p.m. that night and sunrise is expected to occur at 6:33 a.m. on the morning of September 12.

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