Events to Mark 16th Anniversary of September 11 Attacks

SILive - September 09, 2017

by Annalise Knudson

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- It has been sixteen years since the terrorist attacks on September 11 forever changed this nation.

Every year, memorials, vigils and tributes are held in remembrance of those who perished in the attacks.

Here is a list of the events planned for this year.

9/11 MEMORIAL PLAZA CEREMONY

The anniversary ceremony, held each year on Sept. 11, will begin at 8:39 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza at the World Trade Center. It will include moments of silence, marking when the Twin Towers were struck and fell, when the Pentagon was attacked, and when Flight 93 crashed in Philadelphia.

The 9/11 Memorial Museum will broadcast the ceremony live on its website. The ceremony will involve the reading of the names of victims of both the 1993 and 2001 attacks. Houses of worship are asked to toll their bells as part of the ceremony.

An honor guard will be made up of members representing the FDNY, NYPD and the Port Authority Police.

Family members of victims from both attacks are invited to privately tour the Memorial Museum from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

'TRIBUTE IN LIGHT'

"Tribute in Light" is a public art installation that was presented six months after 9/11, and every year after, from dusk to dawn on the night of Sept. 11.

Starting at 6 p.m., the two beams of illuminated, blue light will shine just south of the 9/11 Memorial site at 200 Liberty St.

The lights, symbolizing the Twin Towers, reach four miles into the sky and are visible within a 60-mile radius on a clear night. They will shine until the next morning. The Memorial Plaza is open until midnight to view the "Tribute in Light."

BELL OF HOPE

The Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan will remember those whose lives were lost with the ringing of the Bell of Hope at 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11.

London first gave the Bell of Hope to New York in 2002, and it has been rung every year since the first anniversary.

Rector of Trinity Church, Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, will ring the bell. At the same time, the change-bells of Trinity Church will toll.

At 4 p.m., the church will also hold its second annual ceremony honoring first responders, rescue and recovery workers and volunteers. The names of those who came to help after the attacks and those who have since died will be called out at the St. Paul's Courtyard at the church.

Both events are free and open to the public.

STATEN ISLAND EVENTS

Staten Island commemorative events include:

On Sept. 11, the Postcard Memorial annual ceremony will pay tribute to all loved ones lost in the attacks. This year's ceremony, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will also include special musical selections and a video tribute. It will be hosted by Borough President James Oddo. The memorial is located on the St. George Esplanade, adjacent to the St. George Ferry Terminal. Free parking and shuttle service will be available in the New York Wheel Parking Garage, located next to Richmond County Bank Ballpark. Call 718-816-2246 to RSVP.

Members of the Mount Loretto Friendship Club will bring trays of hot, home-cooked meals and trays of donated food from local stores on Sept. 11 at 10:30 a.m. to Firehouse Engine 151 & Ladder 76, located at 7219 Amboy Rd. in Tottenville. They plan on decorating the firehouse's memorial, as well.

A ceremony of music, poetry and reflection will take place on Sept. 11, from 10 to 11 a.m., in the Joan and Alan Bernikow JCC, located at 1466 Manor Rd. Firefighter Joseph Cammarata, who joined the FDNY after losing his brother Michael in the attacks on 9/11, will be a guest speaker. For more information, call Kat Colucci at 718-475-5223 or email kcolucci@sijcc.com.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, the annual memorial ceremony at Angels' Circle, at the intersection of Fingerboard Road and Hylan Boulevard in Grasmere, will take place at 7 p.m. weather-permitting. Guest speakers will include survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks, soldiers, members of Rescue 5 and the Staten Island Pipes and Drums.