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2021 marks the milestone 20th anniversary of 9/11.

Watch for special ceremonies, TV documentaries, and news analysis including the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan on 9/11's 20th anniversary as announced by President Joe Biden in April.

Cancelled due to health concerns last year, watch for the traditional reading of names of each victim to resume this year at the 9/11 Memorial in New York — carried on by family members of the 2,983 people killed on 9/11.

Meanwhile, a traveling 9/11 exhibit commemorating the attacks 20th anniversary has also been touring the US natonwide with a final stop in New York City planned in September.

2021 9/11 Television Specials & Documentaries

On local network TV, expect NBC, CBS and ABC affiliates to provide live coverage of local morning memorial ceremonies in New York and elsewhere, followed by specials and documentaries airing in primetime nationwide on September 11, 2021.

And keep it here for updates on the complete TV schedule marking the 20th anniversary when it is announced in September.

Remembering 9/11

In recent years, 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 9/11.

In New York, ongoing focus remains on 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.

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.

World Trade Center tribute in light
The Tribute in Light reaches
to 4 miles in the sky and can be
seen from up to 30 miles away.

Traditional 9/11 Events in NYC happening in 2021

• 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 lit 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

By subway:
• 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.

By bus:
• 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

also see -> Pearl Harbor Day

More about 9/11 around the Web:

Around the Web, discover more 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 

Voices 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 interviews, photos.

September 11 Digital Archive - One-stop browsing for related pictures, audio and video clips, personal stories, documents, interviews, 9/11 FAQ and a comprehensive collection of 9/11 links & resources.

September 11, 2001 attacks - Wikipedia - Complete, hyperlinked history of the attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon with historic pictures, related resources.

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