Family members, survivors, first responders, and elected officials gathered on the 9/11 Memorial Friday to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Family members embraced one another and left tributes in honor of their loved ones on the Memorial plaza, which reopened to the public at 3 p.m. Out of an abundance of caution and in line with state and federal guidance regarding social distancing, recorded readings of the names made by 9/11 family members were broadcast during the ceremony.
Alongside family members, survivors, and first responders, Vice President Mike Pence, former Vice President Joe Biden, Governors Andrew M. Cuomo and Phil Murphy, New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the chairman of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, gathered on the plaza for the reading of the names and observed six moments of silence marking when each of the Twin Towers were struck, when they fell, when the Pentagon was attacked, and when Flight 93 crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
As in years past, the Memorial plaza will be open until midnight for the annual viewing of Tribute in Light, which will illuminate the sky just south of the World Trade Center.
The 9/11 Memorial Museum, which has been closed for six months due to the COVID-19 health crisis, reopened exclusively for 9/11 family members on the 19th Anniversary. It will be open to the public again beginning Saturday, September 12. Learn more about the Museum's updated hours of operation, enhanced safety protocols, and modified Museum experience.