9/11 Tribute in Light (Photo : flickr.com)
On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States, scores of organizations across New York are holding memorial events to commemorate the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center. Here are a number of events for New Yorkers and non-New Yorkers alike to check out.
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- "The Tribute in Light." Located at West and Morris Streets in Lower Manhattan, the tribute of lights will begin at sunset of 9/11 (7:11pm) and fade away at dawn on September 12th (6:43am), though no formal service will be held. The Tribute is comprised of 44 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs arranged into two 48-foot squares inspired by shape and orientation of the twin towers. The Memorial illuminates up to 4 miles in the sky and can be seen from up to 30 miles away.
- The Official World Trade Center Site Memorial Ceremony and Remembrance 2012 will take place at the World Trade Center site on the morning of 9/11. As always, the annual event will feature four moments of silence that will be observed to commemorate the times when each plane hit and each tower fell, beginning at 8:46 am. Family members of those who perished in the attacks are invited to attend.
- The Trinity Church will host morning bell services in St. Paul's Chapel followed by Prayers for Peace and ringing of the Bell of Hope in remembrance of victims of 9/11. In the afternoon, the U.S. Military Academy Band will present an hour-long program titled "On This Day: Celebrating the Spirit of America," which will feature patriotic music written by NYC composers.
- The Interfaith Center of New York will commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 with a 24-hour Twitter event dedicated to the world history of "The Golden Rule," the belief that all human beings should treat each other with care and respect. Follow the Interfaith Center of NY on Twitter: @ICNY.
- At the Fulton Ferry Landing, located at the foot of Old Fulton Street, Barbemusic will play its annual tribute to the victims of 9/11 with a free concert. The program features works by Bach, Bottoms, Haydn, Schubert and Chopin and will take place at 8:00 pm.
In Staten Island:
- Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro will host Tuesday's Staten Island September 11th Memorial Ceremony at Postcards, starting at 6:30 pm. The "Postcards" monument in St. George, is located in the St. George Esplanade, adjacent to the St. George ferry terminal. Monsignor James Dorney, co-vicar of Staten Island and pastor of St. Peter's R.C. Church and the Rev. Dr. Victor Brown of Mt. Sinai United Christian Church will lead those in attendance in prayer. City Council speaker Christine Quinn will be the special guest speaker and family members will read the names of the 274 Staten Islanders who died on 9/11.
- The Borough Presidents 10th annual 9/11 Memorial Blood Donor Drive will be held at Borough Hall and Wagner College on Tuesday. The Borough Hall drive will last from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm and the Wagner College drive is slated from noon - 6:00 pm. For more information, visit statenislandusa.com
- The Jewish Community Center of Staten Island in Sea View will hold a remembrance ceremony with guest speakers Chief Janice Olszewski, commander of EMS Division 5 and John Salazzo, president of FDNY Retirees from Staten Island, as well as music, inspirational messages and poetry at 10:00 am in the Lewis Stolzenberg Social Hall.
- Angels Circle WTC Memorial: Students, including 5th graders from PS3 in Pleasant Plains, Staten Island will read a poem out loud and help hang "angel" ornaments - one for every 9/11 victim memorialized - on the Douglas Fir Tree at the center of the Angels Circle in Grasmere at 8:00 pm.