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9/11, Twenty Years Later: New York City Remembers

September 10, 2021

A series of events in New York City over the weekend will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

A series of events in New York City over the weekend will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

On Saturday, the Buglisi Dance Theater and the Lincoln Center will present “Table of Silence,” a ritual for peace that has been performed every year since the 9/11 attacks. The performance begins at 8 a.m. in the Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza. It is free and open to the public, with both virtual and live events. 

Also on Saturday, the New York Metropolitan Opera will perform “Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11,” the venue’s first indoor performance since the Covid pandemic. 500 free tickets are available for the families of victims, with remaining tickets available for $25. The event will also be broadcast live on PBS from Manhattan’s 9/11 Memorial and Museum; the live broadcast will be hosted by ballet star Misty Copeland.  

The New York Historical Society is currently featuring two 9/11-themed exhibitions. “Remembering 9/11” features artifacts collected by the Society in the aftermath of the World Trade Center collapse. It includes the salvaged parts of a damaged fire truck from the New York Fire Department’s Rescue Company 2, which lost seven members when the towers collapsed. 

The Society will also feature images from “Here Is New York: Remembering 9/11/01,” a photographic archive of images from Ground Zero. The images will be displayed digitally in the museum’s Smith Gallery.  

The commemoration concludes Saturday at sundown with “Tribute in Light,” a projection of two large beams that mimic the World Trade Center towers. The beams, which will be projected from the roof of the Battery Parking Garage, reach four miles up into the sky, and will shine over the city until sunrise on September 12. 

 

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