White flowers at the names of victims on the Memorial

September 11, 2001 Commemoration

Each year on the anniversary of 9/11, the families of victims gather for a ceremony on the 9/11 Memorial plaza to read aloud the names of the 2,983 men, women, and children killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks and February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Six moments of silence mark the times when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck, when each tower fell, and the times corresponding to the attack at the Pentagon, and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

Remember the Sky

Tiles in different shades of blue from Museum installation

On September 11th, join the 9/11 Memorial & Museum from wherever you are across the country to take part in active remembrance and recognize how we are all connected to one another underneath the same big sky. Snap a picture of the sky – no matter the weather – and post it to Instagram with #NeverForget911, #RemembertheSky, and @911memorial.

Anniversary in the Schools

Students sit in a row as they look forward and listen to a speaker who is out of view in the Museum auditorium.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Offered every year on and around the 9/11 anniversary, this interactive program connects participants with 9/11 Memorial Museum staff and guest speakers who share personal stories about the attacks and explore the importance of commemoration. 

Anniversary in the Theaters

Red AMC Theatres logo against white background

This year, for the first time ever, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum has partnered with AMC Theatres on a new initiative commemorating the anniversary of the day that changed our world forever. Complementing our Anniversary in the Schools program, Anniversary in the Theaters gives groups and organizations across the country a rare opportunity to host — at their local AMC theaters from September 6-11 — screenings of our new, 35-minute film featuring first-person accounts of the unity, resilience, and hope that defined September 11th and remain more relevant today than ever.

Tribute in Light

Water cascades down the illuminated walls of the North Tower reflecting pool on a warm night. The water pours down a square hole at the center of the pool. In the distance, a moon hangs over the city and the Tribute in Light shines above the buildings.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Each year in commemoration of 9/11, the twin beams of Tribute in Light shine, recalling the Twin Towers and honoring those killed.

The Never Forget Fund

Photos of rescue and recovery workers taped to a gray background

The Never Forget Fund supports programs that help students, educators, law enforcement, military, and intelligence professionals better understand and connect to the stories of 9/11. Make a donation in honor of the anniversary today.

Plan Your Own 9/11 Anniversary Observance

A bunch of sunflowers rest on the 9/11 Memorial, which is cast in a shimmery yellow and blue light. Two American flags rest alongside it.
Photo by Jin S. Lee

Here are some elements to consider when planning your 9/11 anniversary observance. 

9/11 FAQs

Beams from the World Trade Center on display in the Museum

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the the events of September 11, 2001 and the history leading up to them. 

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Resources

A blue, steel river water valve sits on a concrete floor. Screws line the border of the circular valve. It is in the open position, allowing the viewer to see through to the concrete wall behind it.

Access Museum resources including interactive timelines, oral histories, digital exhibitions, and 9/11 primary sources to learn more about the February 26, 1993 World Trade Center bombing, 9/11 and its aftermath.

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