Today is the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and central Pennsylvania.
The annual commemoration ceremony at the New York memorial will be much the same as in prior years. Family members of 9/11 victims will gather on the Memorial Plaza this morning to read aloud the names of those killed in the attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
Throughout the ceremony, six moments of silence will be observed, acknowledging when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck and fell, as well as the times of the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93 into an open field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
This whole week, the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, has hosted a speaker series featuring aviation officials, memorial planners, local first responders, and crash scene investigators, as an addition to the annual recognition ceremony.
If you aren't in any of the three main memorial areas, you can catch some of the ceremonies on television. There also are several specials and documentaries airing now.
This weekend's Saturday Shout Out goes to those and a couple of other 9-11 items:
- Remembering 9/11 from the National Archives,
- September 11 Terror Attacks Fast Facts from CNN, and
- On 20th anniversary of 9/11, how to watch the TV programs commemorating the attacks in the Los Angeles Times.
If you want to take some action, check out my 9-11 post from last year, 10 ways to honor those who died on Sept. 11 and help others in their memories.
Regardless of how you honor those who died 20 years ago today, I hope you find some measure of peace.