Image of the Memorial parapet at dusk with an American flag laid on a name and a small banner that says Grandpa.

20th Anniversary Commemoration

The heart of the mission of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum remains the annual commemoration ceremony. Family members of 9/11 victims gathered on the Memorial plaza to read aloud the names of those killed in the 9/11 attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum lead the nation, and the world, in marking the passage of two decades since the day that changed our lives forever.

The focus of our commemoration is the reading of the names by family members. Throughout the ceremony, we observed six moments of silence, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell and the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93.

Please take a moment to look at some moments from this year’s 20th anniversary commemoration – a testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit.