The 15th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 is soon upon us. Here are some commemorative events in the NYC area where you and your family can pay tribute and remember the lives lost on that sad day.
9/11 Ground Zero Tour
Tour Ground Zero and the 9/11 memorial to remember the people we lost on that tragic day. See St. Paul’s Chapel, the Fireman’s Memorial Wall, and the Freedom Tower. With your tour tickets, you will gain entry into the Freedom Tower’s magnificent Observatory at the end of the tour. You can also visit the museum and hear and see stories of heroism and tragedy and learn more about that fateful day in history.
9/11 Remembrance Concert
Sept. 11, 3pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St. Morristown, NJ
Come see former NYC police officer, Daniel Rodriguez sing in a tribute concert at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. His moving rendition of God Bless America, after the attacks, gave him the name of “America’s Beloved Tenor.” This Harmony for Heroes… United We Stand concert will make your family feel more patriotic than ever while taking in some beautiful music.
Ringing Bell of Hope at Trinity Church
89 Broadway at Wall St., Manhattan, NY
Visit the Trinity Church of Wall street to remember the lives lost on 9/11. The Ringing the Bell of Hope ceremony will begin at 8:46am, followed by prayer, name reading, and talk for social action and volunteering. In the evening, there will be a special program with music. All are welcome to celebrate and remember.
Remembering 9/11 Screening
Sept. 11, 2pm & 3:45pm
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., Manhattan, NY
Take in the award-winning documentary, 16 Acres, which examines the reconstruction of Ground Zero and/or The Second Day which is a personal story of a young New Yorker attending kindergarten a few blocks from the World Trade Center in 2001. Both films will help you commemorate this day in history.
Sept. 11, 9am
Bridgeton Housing Authority, 110 E. Commerce St., Bridgeton, NJ
The 9/11 Stair Climb honors those who lost their lives trying to protect those in the falling towers. Give thanks and wishes of peace to the firefighters, police officers, and EMS workers who gave their all on 9/11. The climb is the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center and benefits the FDNY CSU and programs provided by the NFFF to support the families who lost loved ones. All participants will get a Stair Climb challenge coin as a special memento.
2016 Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk
Sept. 25, 9:30am – 4pm
Starts at Ikea Parking Lot 9 Red Hook Brooklyn, 1 Beard St., Brooklyn, NY
This run and walk was created to honor the life of Stephen Siller, a NYC firefighter who lost his life on 9/11 when he ran through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers. You can participate or watch to remember all of the fallen heroes and others lost on that day. You can help raise funds as part of the event.
15th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum
Sept. 10, 9am - 5pm
Marriot Downtown Hotel, 85 West St., Manhattan, NY
This forum is a free program for 9/11 family members, responders, and survivors. See the presentation called “Building Resilience to Compassion Fatigue,” given by Dr. Charles Figley and Dr. Kathy Regan Figley. There will be discussions, panels, conversations, and more about healing and resilience to help families recover and live their lives to the fullest. Register here.
Long Beach FD’s 9/11 Remembrance Event
Sept. 11, 7:30am
West Park Ave. at Lafayette Blvd., Long Beach, Long Island, NY
The Long Beach Fire Department will present a ceremony to give respect and remember those who lost their lives on 9/11. This is a free event for those in the area who wish to honor lives lost during that sad moment in history. Stop by to say a prayer or console those who lost loved ones.
9/11 Remembrance Gathering at Long Beach Recreation Center
Sept. 11, 8am
700 Magnolia Blvd., Long Beach, Long Island, NY
Long Beach residents will gather to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11. City officials, local clergy, and veterans will meet in the rec center parking lot for a commemorative morning. Please join them to remember the lives lost.
Paint Nite: NYC Skyline Tribute
Sept. 11, 5pm
TGI Friday’s Lake Grove, 313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove, Long Island, NY
Come to TGI Friday’s with the family for some food and a special painting group. You will paint a depiction of NYC’s skyline in tribute of the changed city scape since the tragedy of 9/11. All supplies will be provided and the cost is $45 per person. Get tickets here.
9/11 Tribute by the Long Island Choral Society
Sept. 11, 2-3pm
Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Rd., Holbrook, Long Island, NY
Join this free commemorative event at the Sachem Public Library where the choral society will perform works by Mozart. The music performed will be patriotic and uplifting to celebrate the lives we all miss. The Long Island Choral Society is LI’s oldest continually performing musical group. Music, family, and togetherness will help us remember lives lost on 9/11.
Patriotic Sing-a-Ling and Poem Reading with Seniors
Sept. 10, 2 – 3:30pm
Atria Senior Living, Briarcliff Manor, NY
This family-friendly activity will bring people of all ages together to be creative with music and poetry to remember lives lost on 9/11. You can go with your family or sign up to participate with a team. Support the elderly population living in the Atria Senior Living housing while commemorating those we miss.
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