NYC Anniversary ceremony details from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Below is a letter that was sent to 9/11 families on August 18, 2014 by mail regarding this year’s 9/11 anniversary.
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Dear Family Member:

Following the mailing you received from us in July, this letter contains more detailed information about the upcoming September 11th commemoration. I hope you will be able to join us at the National September 11 Memorial (9/11 Memorial) on Thursday, September 11, 2014 as we honor your loved ones.

Our observance will again consist of the reading of the names of the victims of the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 attacks. As in years past, the ceremony will take place on the Memorial plaza and the reading of the names will begin after a citywide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. The program will observe six moments of silence throughout the ceremony-representing the moments each tower was struck and fell, the moment of the attack on the Pentagon, and the crash of Flight 93. The commemoration is expected to conclude at approximately 12:00 p.m., and the 9/11 Memorial will remain open until midnight so that visitors may view the Tribute in Light from the plaza.

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Remembering Firefighter Robert Beddia, who died 7 years ago Monday in ‘toxic inferno’ at Deutsche Bank building

By Joe Vitale Staten Island Advance

FF Robert Beddia

FF Robert Beddia

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Robert Beddia, the Staten Island FDNY member who died while fighting a fire in Manhattan, is gone — but certainly not forgotten.

Monday marks seven years since Beddia, 53, lost his life battling a blaze in the old Deutsche Bank building near Ground Zero.

The Aug. 18, 2007, fire also took the life of a Brooklyn firefighter, Joseph Graffagnino. More than 40 others were hurt.

Born on Staten Island, Beddia grew up in Rosebank and West Brighton. He graduated from Port Richmond High School and later settled in South Beach, where he lived for more than 20 years.

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Howell resident’s plea for 9/11 upkeep to be answered

By Dan Radel Asbury Park Press

The Howell Memorial -- staff photo

The Howell Memorial — staff photo

HOWELL – The township will have a formal 9/11 memorial ceremony this year at a well-maintained monument commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks after a resident brought attention to what she called “deplorable” conditions there.

“These people who lost their lives in Howell are our neighbors. It’s really sad we let it go like this,” said Barbara Dixel, 74. She said the Preventorium Road memorial has become overgrown by weeds. “This site has to be brought back to its original condition.”

Township officials said this week that crabgrass had taken root around the memorial and weeds at the property had grown several feet high.

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