York, ongoing focus remains on the new One
World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan, the tallest building in the Western hemisphere at 1,776 feet.
The single skyscraper replaces
the iconic Twin
Towers, destroyed on September 11,
2001 -- marking the first ever attack on US soil.
Meanwhile, solemn ceremonies and events are planned every year to mark the day, considered one of the darkest in America's history -- on a par with the attack on Pearl Harbor (which, coincidentally, commemorates its 75th anniversary this year.).
More recently, 9/11 commemorations have been placing less emphasis on the events of the day, and focusing more on the natural resilience of the US in the face of utter tragedy. To that end, volunteering has markedly increased since the attack, as more Americans take part in community service in a positive step to remember those lost on September 11, 2001.
American TV broadcasts, airing on CNN and most other 24/7 news channels, also have taken to reporting on the more human side of 9/11 with specials and documentaries. This year, watch for updates on what will be shown on cable and broadcast TV as the anniversary of 9/11 in 2017 approaches.
The Tribute in Light reaches
to 4 miles in the sky and can be
seen from up to 30 miles away.
2017 9/11 Events in NYC
• As always, the anniversary of 9/11 in New York City will be marked at Ground Zero with four moments of silence -- to observe the times when each plane hit and each tower fell, beginning at 8:46 am. Family members of all 9/11 victims are always invited to attend.
• Nearby St. Paul's Chapel traditionally hosts morning bell services followed by Prayers for Peace and ringing of the Bell of Hope in remembrance of 9/11.
• "The Tribute in Light" - Comprised of 44 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs arranged into two 48-foot squares in the shape of the twin towers, the tribute in light is located at West and Morris Streets in Lower Manhattan. Each year, the lights are light at sunset on 9/11 and burn brightly until sunrise on September 12.
Seeing the 9/11 Memorial & Museum
The National 9/11 Memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2011 on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in a ceremony for victims' families. The following day, it opened to the public on September 12, 2011 and remains open for visitors with advance passes.
The memorial features the country's largest man-made waterfalls dramatically cascading into two sunken pools. These pools mark the footprints of the Twin Towers. The names of 2,980 victims have been etched in granite around the edges of the memorial. The effect seeks to create closure for families belonging to the nearly 40 percent of victims whose bodies were completely obliterated by explosions during the attacks.
Opened in the spring of 2014, an admission price of $24 is required to visit The 9/11 Memorial Museum which houses artifacts from 9/11 events including personal items from survivors as well as the deceased donated by their families. In addition, there is an extensive audio collection of personal histories from emergency service workers, survivor's families, as well as ordinary New Yorkers who witnessed the events of the day.
Getting to the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial
• A, C, J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4, or 5 trains to Fulton Street: exit onto Fulton St. and walk west to Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St.
• 2 or 3 train to Park Place, then exit onto Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St.
• E train to World Trade Center, then exit onto Church St. Walk south and turn right on Thames St.
• R train to Rector Street, then exit onto Trinity Pl. Walk north and turn left on Thames St.
• 1 train to Rector Street, then exit onto Greenwich St. Walk north and turn left on Albany St.
• Southbound: take the M5 bus to Thames St. Walk west to Albany St.
• Northbound: take the M5 bus to Rector St. Walk north to Albany St.
By PATH train:
• To World Trade Center
about 9/11 around the Web:
Web, find out more about the planned reconstruction of the
World Trade Center, along with historic photos & video
reports from September 11, 2001, including poignant recollections
from those who vividly remember the horror as well as the heroic sacrifices made on 9/11 ...
Crystal Morning: Reliving September 11, 2001
- Live views of the World Trade Center area in downtown Manhattan,
plus recovery effort photo archive, gallery of related images.
of September 11th
- Online clearinghouse for survivor family resources, news
updates about the rebuilding program, ongoing memorial tributes
at Ground Zero, details on scholarships and charities, related
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