9/11 Memorial Events 2013

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September 11, 9/11, will be marked around the United States and the world with many moments of silent remembrance of the thousands who died in the Twin Towers and also for the rescue workers who sacrificed their own lives to help rescue survivors.

Ground zero will be one of the places where the families and loved ones of the victims who perished will commemorate the anniversary of the plane attacks. The names of the victims will be solemnly read aloud, and serene, peaceful-sounding music will be played.

The memorial plaza, which is now two years old, will on Wednesday see relatives reciting names of the close to 3,000 people who perished when jets that terrorists hijacked crash into  the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. Also, the names of the people who were killed in 1993 bombing of the trade center will be read.

Previous to the reading of the names out loud, firefighters who were at Ground Zero, Billy Joel, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo will participate in a motorcycle ride in remembrance of the people who passed away. They will travel  from a Manhattan firehouse and end up at Ground Zero

The Pentagon as well as a museum in Shankville — the Flight 93 National Memorial — will also be the sites where thereading of victims’ names, and tributes, such as laying out wreaths, will take place.

Shankville’s mayor will be silent during the strike, as will Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others. This is based upon a decision of last year when all politicians at the observances agreed not speak.

In New York during the 9/11 attack,  2,753 people in New York were killed. That number also takes into account 403  and firefighters and policemen. The Six people were killed in the 1993 bombing.

Memorial President Joe Daniels and others are already, even now, planning ahead and thinking about what next year’s 9/11 memorial ceremonies will be like. Then, they plan to focus the event on the loved ones of those who died. The new museum still being constructed will allow people to remember 9/11 not in isolation from everything else going on in the United States and the rest of the world.

Wednesday’s anniversary also will mark changes that are about to occur at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. On Tuesday,  officials gathered to announce that a visitor center is about to be added to  the museum.  of construction on a visitor center. At the Pentagon, plans call for a morning ceremony for victims’ relatives and survivors of the attacks and an afternoon observance for Pentagon workers.

To mark the passing of 9/11 in countries around the world, volunteers in the thousands have promised to do good deeds. They will be honoring an anniversary that was designated a National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009.

In a private observance, President Obama will address the families  of the 184 who were killed when early in the morning, at 9:37, on September 11, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.

The 40 who died near Shanksville when those passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93 plunged into a farmer’s field will also have their names read aloud.

Wednesday, September 11 (9/11) is expected to be a day spent in  honoring the victims of the terrorist attacks. The victims and the sacrifices they made will be forever a part of the American psyche.


Written by: Douglas Cobb

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