Anniversary Ceremonies

9/11 Memorial
In honor of the eleventh anniversary of September 11, 2001, the commemoration will be held at the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. This year, the reading of the names by family members will be the exclusive focus of the program. There will be six moments of silence during the observance, representing the moments each tower was struck and fell, and the moments of the attacks on the Pentagon and Flight 93. The first moment of silence will be at 8:46 AM, and houses of worship are encouraged to toll their bells at that time.

The commemoration will conclude at approximately 12:00 PM, and the 9/11 Memorial will remain open to family members until 8:00 PM. The ceremony is limited to 9/11 family members. The “Tribute in Light” will return at sundown. Any questions regarding family credentials for the ceremonies should be directed to (212) 442-8953.

9/11 Tribute Center
The 9/11 Tribute Center will be open to welcome all family members from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. If your loved one is not yet remembered in the Tribute Gallery, and you would like to bring a photo (up to 8” x 10”), submission forms will be available and staff will be present to accept photos.
Adjacent to the Tribute Gallery is a new area highlighting the wonderful work of 9/11 family foundations. If you have a 9/11 family foundation in memory of a loved one, please share with us, email We welcome all families to see the new exhibition in the lower level highlighting four incredible schools that created projects in remembrance of 9/11. Restrooms are also available at the Tribute Center.

Pentagon Memorial
The Pentagon anniversary ceremony is scheduled to take place at 9:30 AM on September 11, 2012 for family members, and Pentagon survivors Brief remarks will be made by Department of Defense leaders. Due to security issues, please plan to arrive at least one hour early. For more information, call (703) 692-7194.

Flight 93 Memorial
This year’s commemoration at the Flight 93 Memorial is expected to be on a much smaller scale than in past years. The names of passengers and crew will be read and the bells will toll in the traditional way. Families should expect some new traditions. Several events are planned to take place over the weekend of September 8-9, 2012, leading up to the anniversary commemoration.

The speakers are still to be announced. “We want to create an event that we can sustain for years to come,” said Jeff Reinbold, superintendent of the Flight 93 National Memorial. For further details, visit

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