This year marks the eighteenth anniversary of September 11th. One of the most somber days in modern history, the events of September 11th, 2001 will forever mark the memories of Americans, and in particular, New Yorkers. With The Wagner’s close proximity to Ground Zero, and with several memorial events happening citywide, there are plentiful opportunities for visitors to pay tribute on this important day.
Remember at Tribute In Light
At 3pm on the day, the 9/11 Memorial Plaza will open to the public for a special viewing of Tribute in Light public art installation. The symbolic illumination of the plaza is a meaningful annual ritual that honors those killed during the attacks of 9/11, while also celebrating the unbreakable spirit of New York. Conceived by a myriad of artists, the installation comprises of two powerful light beams that soar up to four miles into the sky, mirroring the shape and orientation of the original Twin Towers. Stop by the plaza anytime from 3pm until midnight to witness this moving installation.
Hear the Bells Chime at St Paul’s Chapel
Historic St. Paul’s Chapel, originally founded in 1766, sits directly across from the World Trade Center site. Surprisingly, the chapel was unharmed during the attacks, but it played an important role in the aftermath while serving as a refuge center for rescue workers who searched for survivors. In the first three months after September 11th, more than 3,000 rescue and recovery workers passed through the chapel’s gates. Visitors wishing to pay homage to this important site can attend morning prayers at 8:15am. In prior years, the Bell of Hope has been rung at precisely 8:46am, when the first plane crashed into the North Tower.
See Come From Away on Broadway
Come From Away is a powerful hit musical based on the remarkable true story of the 7,000 passengers whose plans were diverted to the small town of Newfoundland, Canada during the attacks on September 11th. The show focuses on the miraculous way the strangers of Newfoundland embraced the nervous and traumatized diverted passengers. The uplifting tale will bring you to tears and laughter, and will be particularly special to see on the anniversary of 9/11.
Honor the First Responders During the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run & Walk
The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk is an annual event commemorating the lives of the 343 firefighters, 71 law enforcement officers and many more civilian responders who lost their lives on September 11th. Founded in memory of firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller who gave his life while trying to save others, the race takes place every year on the last Sunday of September. The race traces Stephen’s original path when he ran from Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers to rescue survivors.