9/11 in New York
On 9/11 or September 11th each year, the people who were killed in the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001 are remembered. It is not a national holiday and seeing as it is deeply emotional for many people, it is a very sombre day.
What is 9/11?
9/11 is the anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. There were several attacks in the United States in 2001. On this date, four planes were hijacked, two of which were flown into the Twin Towers in New York, one into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and one crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. The last plane was supposed to fly to Washington D.C. but the passengers aboard this flight overpowered the hijackers.
What can you expect during 9/11 in New York?
In the United States, the flags are flown at half-mast to honour and remember the deceased. The American President announces a moment of silence at 8:46, the time when the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Furthermore, there will be multiple ceremonies held in churches in the surrounding areas and at the 9/11 Museum. Families of the deceased will lay flowers at the memorial sites, such as the 9/11 Memorial. The 9/11 Museum is not open to the general public on this day. The 9/11 Memorial is open to the public from 15:00 until midnight for viewing of the ‘Tribute in Light’. One World Observatory has adjusted opening hours.
Tribute in Light
Every year on September 11th, the Tribute in Light is illuminated as soon as the sun goes down. The Tribute in Light takes place near to the location where the Twin Towers stood. It is a very moving sight and you can visit the area at night. A lot of people in the neighbourhood light a candle in remembrance and there is a solemn atmosphere.