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NYC Observes The 18th Anniversary Of The September 11 Attacks

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Today, New York City will mark the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack with a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial. The names of 2,983 people—the victims who died in a crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania; at the Pentagon; and at the World Trade Center; plus the six victims from the first World Trade Center bombing on February 26th, 1993—will be recited today by their family members, beginning at 8:46 a.m.

The plaza will be closed to the general public during the ceremony. There are six moments of silence: Two for when the planes hit the towers, two for when each tower fell, one for the attack on the Pentagon, and one for Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville. The first moment of silence is at 8:46 a.m., and the ceremony will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m.

You can watch a livestream of the ceremony here, and here’s the schedule:

8:46 AM         Citywide moment of silence (observance of time American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower)

(Houses of worship will toll their bells throughout the city)

Families of victims of 2001 and 1993 attacks will begin reading the names in pairs.

9:03 AM         Moment of silence (observance of time United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower)

Reading of names continues

9:37 AM         Moment of silence (observance of time American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon)

Reading of names continues

9:59 AM         Moment of silence (observance of time of the fall of the South Tower)

Reading of names continues

10:03 AM       Moment of silence (observance of time United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania)

Reading of names continues

10:28 AM       Moment of silence (observance of time of the fall of the North Tower)

Reading of names continues

Reading of names concludes

12:30 PM        Program concludes

The 9/11 Memorial Museum is open solely for victims’ family members today.

Tribute in Light will return tonight, with the lights going on at sunset (around 7:12 p.m.) and then they will then fade away at dawn. (The Memorial will reopen to the public at 3 p.m.)

On Staten Island, a ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Postcards Memorial. Other anniversary events are scheduled for today and later this week across Queens.

On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would propose legislation to offer health insurance to all family members of city employees who died of 9/11-related illnesses. “On our city’s darkest day, thousands of City employees answered the call. They didn’t hesitate. We need to be there for their families, now and always,” he said in a statement.

Hundreds of first responders have passed away from 9/11-related illnesses. However, it was only earlier this year that the House voted to permanently reauthorize the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.

Chundera Epps, whose brother Christoper Epps died on September 11, told the AP, “People say, `Why do you stand here, year after year? Because soldiers are still dying for our freedom. First responders are still dying and being ill.”

“We can’t forget. Life won’t let us forget,” she added.



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