This year 2022, marks two decades since 9/11 changed the world forever, and while millions of people have deeply personal memories of these events, an entire generation — those college-aged and younger — have no lived memory of September 11, 2001.
To mark the 21st anniversary, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will host its annual commemoration ceremony to honor the 2,983 men, women, and children killed in the 2001 attacks at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon, aboard Flight 93, and those killed in the February 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing.
The Tribute in Light
The Tribute in Light, with its beams of light shining into the night sky, will return as a tribute to all those who were killed on 9/11.
Assembled on the roof of the Battery Parking Garage south of the 9/11 Memorial, the twin beams reach up to four miles into the sky and are comprised of eighty-eight 7,000-watt xenon lightbulbs positioned into two 48-foot squares, echoing the shape and orientation of the Twin Towers. The installation can also be viewed from a 60-mile radius around Lower Manhattan.
The lights will be on beginning at sunset on September 11 and will fade away at dawn on September 12. The lights are best viewed when it is completely dark.
Visiting The National 9/11 Memorial Museum
Located at the World Trade Center in New York City, the 9/11 Memorial Museum tells the story of 9/11 through media, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts, presenting visitors with personal stories of loss, recovery, and hope.
Except for the entry pavilion designed by the Norwegian architects Snøhetta, the greater part of the vast 10,000 square feet of exhibition space is 70 feet below ground level, at the foundations of the original twin towers. You could easily opt for a self-guided museum tour, but it is worth the $44 (or $65, if you want early access before the museum opens at 9 a.m.) to have an expert lead you around.
What You will find here : The permanent collection is a multimedia compilation of more than 40,000 still images, 300 moving images, 3,500 oral recordings, and more than 14,000 objects, including ephemera, textiles, artwork, books, and manuscripts. The coverage of 9/11 is far-reaching in its historical breadth and depth, but also incredibly personal in its individual histories of the deceased.
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