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12th Anniversary of 9/11: Schedule of Events

September 10, 2013 9:37:45 AM PDT
Here is the info for the ceremony to be held at ground zero on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

The observance of the 12th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks will take place at the National September 11 Memorial plaza, located in the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. Music will provide a backdrop throughout the program.

The commemoration is for family members of victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks and they have been invited to participate in this year's reading of the names. The ceremony will pause at six moments - twice to mark the times that each plane hit the towers, twice to mark the time when each tower fell and to mark the moments of the attacks on the Pentagon and on Flight 93.

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. The ceremony will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m. (this is subject to change).

A preliminary outline of the event program is as follows (details and times subject to change):

  • 8:39 a.m. - Program begins
  • 8:46 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time AA Flight 11 struck North Tower, houses of worship will toll their bells throughout the city)
  • Families of victims of 2001 and 1993 attacks will begin reading the names in pairs
  • There will be 100 pairs (200 readers) who will continue until all names are read
  • Music will provide a backdrop throughout the program
  • 9:03 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time UA Flight 175 struck South Tower)
  • Reading of names continues/music resumes
  • 9:37 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time AA Flight 77 struck the Pentagon)
  • 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
  • 10:03 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time UA Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania)
  • Reading of names continues/music resumes
  • 10:28 a.m. - Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the North Tower)
  • Reading of names continues to conclusion/music resumes
  • Reading of names concludes
  • 12:30 p.m. - Program concludes

    ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

    Honor Guard: 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.

    List of Names: A complete list of the names of the 2,983 victims of the 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93, along with the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing will be posted on NYC.gov/mediaadviorsy prior to the start of the ceremony. Names will be read in alphabetical order as they are listed.

    Readers List: A complete list of names of the readers will be posted on NYC.gov/mediaadviorsy prior to the start of the ceremony. Readers names will be posted in the order that they are scheduled to read but changes will occur during the course of the program.

    TRIBUTE IN LIGHT

    The "Tribute in Light" will return for one night as a tribute to all those who were lost on September 11th. The lights are located at West and Morris Streets in lower Manhattan. The lights will be on beginning at sunset on September 11, 2013 and fading away at dawn on September 12th. 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 6:34 a.m. on the morning of September 12th.

    DRIVING RESTRICTIONS AND STREET CLOSURES

    The following is a list of streets in the area of lower Manhattan that will be impacted by the events surrounding the annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony:

  • West Street will remain OPEN to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. However trucks will not be permitted northbound on West Street from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Vesey Street. Trucks will be diverted from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Trinity Place/Church Street to travel north.
  • Church Streets/Trinity Place and Broadway will remain OPEN.
  • The Liberty Street pedestrian bridge will be closed from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

    The following streets will be closed to traffic from 12:01 AM until 5:00 PM Wednesday, September 11, 2013 (subject to change). Pedestrian access will be very limited:

  • Liberty, Cedar, and Thames Streets between Greenwich Street and Trinity Place
  • Greenwich Street between Liberty and Carlisle streets
  • Albany Street between West and Greenwich streets
  • Washington Street between Liberty and Carlisle streets
  • Vesey Street between Church Street and Broadway

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