Today marks twenty-two years since the black anniversary that shocked America and changed the course of history.

It was Tuesday September 11, 2001 when the terrorist organization “Al Qaeda” spread terror worldwide with a coordinated strike against the United States. Nearly 3,000 people were killed when 19 hijackers hijacked four airliners and managed to crash three of them into iconic buildings. Two planes flew into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. One plane flew into the Pentagon and another crashed in an open field in Pennsylvania—the only plane that did not reach its destination.

America continues to honor the memory of those lost with various events such as vigils, ceremonies, memorials, ringing of bells, tributes as well as musical events and public art installations. One of the commemorations is currently taking place at the National September 11 Memorial in New York.

Watch the event in honor of the victims live performed at the World Trade Center in New York

The ceremony started at 8:30 local time and will continue until about 13:00. During the emotional event, the names of the 2,977 people who lost their lives in the 2001 attacks will be read out – a custom that now takes place every year.

A minute’s silence will be held six times during the event depending on when each of the Twin Towers was hit and fell, when the Pentagon was attacked and when Flight 93 crashed.


Memorial Plaza will not be open to the public and US Vice President Kamala Harris is also expected to attend. US President Joe Biden, who is returning to Washington after an overseas trip to India and Vietnam, is scheduled to speak later today at a ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska.

Meanwhile, the annual traditional “Tribute to Light” — featuring two blue beams of light shining across the Manhattan skyline — is likely to be displayed across the city from dusk to dawn.

In Wake County, the Fire Museum of New York will commemorate 9/11 with a wreath-laying ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Monday to honor the 343 FDNY members killed in the attacks 22 years ago.

In the Triangle, Governor Cooper talks to the National Guard about that day, and then they will pay tribute to those who lost their lives and to the heroes who braved the burning buildings to save lives. Of those who died that day, 40% are still missing.

New Yorkers can also see the 9/11 Table of Silence Project, an annual free performance.

More than 150 dancers will circle the Revson Fountain in Josie Robertson Plaza and perform a piece — choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi in 2011 — creating an ancient Labyrinth of Peace. This year’s event will take place on September 24, during which runners and walkers will follow the final steps of Stephen Siller, who ran through the Brooklyn Tunnel to the WTC carrying 60 kilograms of firefighting equipment. Schiller died when the south tower collapsed.