Tomorrow, across the nation, thousands will gather to remember those who died in the attacks of September 11, 2001.
On that day over 2,800 people were killed including over 1,400 employees at 1 World Trade Center in New York alone. Overall, 19,858 body parts were found and 20 percent of Americans knew someone who was hurt or killed in the attacks.
Though it has been 10 years since America was largely shaken by terrorism, the pain of losing a loved one still lives within the souls of many citizens. On this anniversary organizations across the country have planned events to help remember those who lost their lives in the horrific acts.
“Rituals, such as the 10th anniversary commemorative events, give us an opportunity to come together as community members,” reads the website of 9-11HealingandRememberance.org, a non-profit remembrance organization for the families, loved ones and community members of victims.
In New York the memorial, which stands where the two world trade center buildings once stood before collapsing, will be dedicated on September 11, 2011 in a special ceremony for victims’ families. It will open to the public on September 12, 2011 with the reservation of a visitor pass. To obtain a visitor pass visit here.
The new memorial in Pennsylvania is placed at the field where Flight 93, scheduled to depart from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco crashed. After the dedication ceremony taking place today at 12:30 p.m. EST, which can be watched live on History.com, the memorial will be open to the public.
The sites of the two new memorials are not the only areas hosting commemorative events, however. Other events can be found below:
September 11, 2011
Who: 9-11 Memorial Commission
What: 10th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Ride
Where: Clinton Township Volunteer Fire Co., 2311 Route 54 Highway, Montgomery, PA 17754
The coalition will sponsor Montgomery’s largest annual motorcycle parade held on the anniversary of 9/11 in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives. For more information visit http://911memorialcoalition.org/.
Who: 9/11 Memorial of Maryland
What: Memorial Dedication
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Join Governor O’Malley for the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland — honoring the extraordinary heroism, commitment and sacrifice of 9/11 victims, rescuers and their families, and paying special tribute to the Marylanders who lost their lives that day. This event is open to the public. For more information, call: 410-767-6555
Who: 9/11 World Trade Center Run to Remember
What: 5K Run • 3K Family Fun Run/Walk • Children's Fun Run + Family Entertainment
Where: New York
The 3rd Annual World Trade Center Run to Remember (WTCRTR) is a fundraising event happening on Governors Island in New York City. The event is planning to honor each person lost in the September 11 attacks by having someone run in their honor. For more information visit: http://www.wtcruntoremember.com/.
Who: Bach Festival of Central Florida
What: 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemorative Concert
Where: Lakeland, Florida
The Bach festival of Central Florida will host a commemorative concert with music played by 12 bands, orchestras and choruses from the communities of central Florida. For more information visit: Bach Festival of Central Florida.
For more information on September 11 commemorative anniversary events, visit here.
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