It’s been 15 years since 9/11. Undoubtedly, anyone alive during the attacks has a personal connection or memory from the horrible and unimaginable day. Every year we are reminded of the fearless firefighters, police and victims who lost their lives during the attacks through the beautiful Tribute in Light. (You can check out photos from last year’s remembrance here). But there are several other ways you can pay your respects during the September 11 anniversary on Sunday through next week.
Bell of Hope
The annual tradition of ringing the Bell of Hope at St. Paul’s Chapel on 9/11 began in 2002 when the Lord Mayor of London Sir Michael Oliver presented the city with the gift, which was forged in the same foundry as the Liberty Bell. Attend the bell-ringing ceremony in remembrance of the fallen. St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway (trinitywallstreet.org). Sun 11 at 8:46am; free.
New York City Fire Museum Memorial Service
The museum honors the 343 firefighters who sacrificed their lives in the tragedy. View the black marble-and-tile memorial with images of each firefighter and the bunker coat and helmet of FDNY Chaplain Mychal Judge, the first recorded victim of the attacks. New York City Fire Museum, 278 Spring St (nycfiremuseum.org). Sun 11 at 1pm; free.
“Rendering the Unthinkable”
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum unveils its first exhibition featuring 13 NYC artists who’ve contributed paintings, sculptures, clips and pieces created from paper that rained down from the falling towers. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich St (911memorial.org). Mon 12 9am–8pm; $24.
National September 11 Memorial Ceremony
Families of the victims gather for a reading of the names and moments of silence marking when the planes struck the WTC, the Pentagon, when the towers fell and when the fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. The National September 11 Museum, 180 Greenwich St (911memorial.org). Sun 11 7am–3pm; free.
Tribute in Light
The beams of blue light arranged in the shape of the Twin Towers are visible for 60 miles on a clear night. For the best views, head to Washington Square and Union Square parks in Manhattan, Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. West and Morris Sts (911memorial.org). Sun 11, Mon 12 dusk–dawn; free.
Written by Dorkys Ramos.