After the World Trade Center Towers fell, pieces of the broken building were stored in an 80,000-square-foot hangar at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The collection includes steel beams and crushed police cars.
The steel has been cut into more than 2,000 pieces and distributed to nonprofit groups, governments and museums. Today, fewer than 30 pieces of debris remain in the hangar.
Sept. 11 shook the world. Memorials have been established in all 50 states and at least eight countries.
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum canceled its activities last year but will lead the nation and world in marking two decades since the attack.
The program will start at 8:30 a.m. EDT, with the first moment of silence observed at 8:46 a.m. The ceremony on site will be exclusively for 9/11 family members.
At sundown, the annual Tribute in Light, which began in 2001, will once again illuminate the sky in commemoration of the anniversary of the attacks.
The Tribute in Light project consists of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center, creating two vertical columns of light.
The installation has become one of the signature elements of the annual commemorations at the former World Trade Center site, and is visible for a radius of up to 60 miles. It extends four miles into the sky.
The two columns of light replicate the shape of the Twin Towers, destroyed when al Qaeda operatives carried out the deadliest terror attack in the country’s history, killing nearly 3,000 people and injuring thousands more.
In CaliforniaCheck first before planning to visit a site due to possible COVID-19 restrictions. Most memorials include WTC steel. Here are a select few in California:
Reflect 9/11 Memorial, Rosemead
Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden, Beverly Hills
Semper Memento, Heisler Park, Laguna Beach
Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Los Angeles has part of a tower on display in memory of firefighters lost.
September 11 Memorial Plaza California Exposition in Sacramento includes an I Beam extracted from Ground Zero. It is open to the public during all Cal Expo events, including the California State Fair and on 9/11.
Hermosa Beach 9/11 Memorial
Manhattan Beach 9/11 Memorial
Recovering Equilibrium, at Los Angeles International Airport’s Theme Building. The four hijacked planes were originally bound for California. One for San Francisco, three to Los Angeles.
Hayward 9/11 Memorial
Huntington Beach 9/11 Memorial at City Hall
Sherman Oak 9/11 Memorial They will be holding a virtual event.
Ronald Regan Presidential Library: A “Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11” program with live music by the 562nd Air Force Band at 5:30 p.m., followed by remarks by retired New York Police Department officer Marc Manfro and keynote speaker Col. (retired) David Sutherland, co-founder and chairman of the Center for Military and Veterans Community Services at 6 p.m. The library is located at 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Reservations are required.
The Richard Nixon Library and Presidential Museum will mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks with a commemoration ceremony at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 11 that will include 23 tons of wreckage from the World Trade Center as its centerpiece. The steel will be on display in the Nixon Library’s parking lot and remain open 24 hours a day until September 18, 2021. The ceremony is open to the public and registration is strongly recommended. Admission to the Nixon Library and Museum is not included with registration.
Many cities will have their own observances planned. You can find links to each city in the four counties below:
Orange County here.
Los Angeles County here.
Riverside County here.
San Bernardino County here.
Observe Moments of SilenceObserve a moment of silence on September 11 at any or all of the following times marking key moments on 9/11. Every year, the moments below are observed as part of the official 9/11 anniversary commemoration ceremony held at the World Trade Center for victims’ families.8:46 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower.9:03 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower.9:37 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C.9:59 a.m.: The South Tower collapsed.10:03 a.m.: After learning of the other attacks, passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 launched a counterattack on hijackers aboard their plane to try to seize control of the aircraft. In response, the hijackers crashed the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.10:28 a.m.: The North Tower collapsed, leaving the 16-acre World Trade Center site in ruins and collateral damage affecting all adjacent properties and streets. The rescue effort commenced immediately.
Sources: The Associated Press, Pew Research Center, The National September 11 Memorial Museum