This Tuesday, on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, New York City will host a roster of memorial events throughout the day. Unlike in previous years, when politicians and public figures often spoke at the memorial and participated in the reading of the nearly 3,000 names of victims who perished in the attacks, the central New York City ceremony will only feature the families of the victims. According to Reuters, this new restriction was put in place in July, by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.
Beginning at 8:46 a.m. this morning, crowds began gathering at the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center for a solemn program that is scheduled to last until 12 p.m. Mourners will hold designated moments of silence and read aloud names of the victims who were killed in this country's deadliest national attack ever. Six moments of silence will be held at the times when the North and South towers were each struck by planes and fell, when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon, and when Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Penn.
At 7:11 p.m. tonight, the light installation "The Tribute in Light" will be turned on to project to vertical towers of light into the night sky.
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At 3 p.m. Trinity Church, which stands across the street from Ground Zero and whose chapel housed rescue and recovery workers on 9/11, will host a concert called "On This Day: Celebrating the Spirit of America." The concert will feature music written by New York City composers, and played by West Point's U.S. Military Academy Band.
At 5:30 p.m., at the 59th street entrance of Central Park by Columbus Circle, a singing collective called The Peace of Heart Choir will hold a sing-along where they will sing "Give Us Hope," and Peter, Paul & Mary's "If I had a Hammer."
Middle Village, Queens:
At Juniper Valley Park and 78th Street in Middle Village, Queens, residents will hold a candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. where they will host music and poetry readings. Elected officials are also scheduled to appear and speak at the vigil.
Although there has not been any official ceremony scheduled in Brooklyn, the "floating concert hall," known as "Bargemusic," will sail from Brooklyn to Fulton Ferry Landing at 8 p.m. and will offer attendees a free classical music concert. The concert will include pieces by Bach, Chopin, Haydn, Schubert, and Bottoms, and will be performed by cellist David Bakamjian, pianist David Bottoms, violinists Laura Goldberg and Mark Peskanov, and violist Ah Ling Neu.
Doors for the event will open at 7:15 p.m.