Always Remember, 9/11
2021 marks the milestone 20th anniversary of 9/11. At Ground Zero, the traditional reading of names of each victim will resume this year at the 9/11 Memorial in New York — carried out by family members of the 2,983 people killed on 9/11. We have put together a list of special ceremonies, traveling exhibits and television specials that promise to commemorate both the utter devastation and incredible heroics of that fateful day.
NATIONAL 9/11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM
The 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks will be marked with the traditional reading of victims’ names – the 2,983 men, women, and children killed in the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center – held at the memorial plaza. Six moments of silence mark the times when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck, when each tower fell, and the times corresponding to the attack at the Pentagon, and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
The Tribute in the Light
Commemorations will also include the Tribute in Light, the art installation consisting of two beams of light evoking the twin towers destroyed in the attack.
TUNNEL TO TOWERS FOUNDATION
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of Firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11. The organization, which honors military and first responders, is holding several events to mark the 20th anniversary:
- Never Forget Walk: Over 42 days, Tunnel to Towers CEO Frank Siller will walk from the Pentagon to Shanksville, Pa., to New York City – 500 miles and six states.
- Never Forget Concert: The concert, to be held on Aug. 21 at the Jones Beach Amphitheater, will feature Journey, The Chainsmokers, Steve Miller Band, John Fogerty, Ann Wilson, Lee Brice, Wyclef Jean, Gavin DeGraw, Wé McDonald, Lee Greenwood, Flo Rida, Danny Rodriguez and JAX.
- 9/11 Reading of the Names: On Sept. 12, the names of all those who died of a 9/11-related illness will be read at a public ceremony at Ground Zero.
- 5K Run & Walk NYC: The event, held this year on Sept. 26, symbolizes Stephen Siller’s final footsteps from the foot of the Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.
FDNY 343 Ride
FDNY members of Engine 50, Ladder 19 and Battalion 26 organized an annual bicycle trip on the anniversary of 9/11 to honor and remember the 343 members of the FDNY who perished in the World Trade Center. The memorial ride stretches from Montauk, N.Y., to Washington, D.C., over the course of five days. Donated proceeds from the ride go directly to help support severely injured veterans who have served in the Armed Forces.
NFFF Stair Climbs
9/11 memorial stair climbs honor the 343 FDNY firefighters who died in the World Trade Center. Each event participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter by climbing or walking the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Event participation and help the NFFF maintain programs that support fire service survivors.