This Sunday marks 15 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in which the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were destroyed and 2,983 people were killed. The National September 11 Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan will hold its traditional reading of the names of the victims that morning, followed by the return of the Tribute in Light that night.

During the reading of the names, there will be six pauses for silence, marking the moments when each tower was struck and then later fell, when American Airlines flight 77 hit the Pentagon, and when United flight 93 crashed into the ground near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

ABC News has posted the following 360-degree photograph from the site of the Memorial:


The September 11 Memorial & Museum will also be opening its first-ever art exhibit on September 12, called "Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11." The exhibit features the work of 13 artists' reactions to the horror of that day, including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper and video.

The four images at the top of this post come from a piece called "Gesture," by Manju Shandler, and is described as:

an almost 3,000-piece painting installation with one painting for each person who died on 9/11. At the time, Shandler based the death toll on information she had the time. (The victims of the 9/11 attacks totaled 2,977.) This memorial pays tribute to the victims while exploring all the ways in which life has been inextricably altered by these events. When the piece is installed the grouped paintings form vibrant color blocks that subtly shift from red to yellow, white, black and pink.

You can read about all 13 pieces here.


Various television networks will be showing 9/11-themed programming all weekend. Here is a brief roundup (via Variety):

  • CNBC
    “Ground Zero Rising: Freedom vs. Fear”
    An hour-long look at the revitalization of the World Trade Center site
  • History
    “America’s 9/11 Flag: Rise From the Ashes”
    Details the disappearance of the flag raised in the WTC rubble by three firefighters
  • MSNBC
    “9/11/01: The Today Show”
    A three-hour rerun of the NBC show that day
  • Fox News
    “9/11: Timeline of Terror”
    Draws from the network’s archives to re-create the timeline of events
  • Smithsonian Channel
    “9/11: Day That Changed the World”
    Revisits the actions of leaders including President George W. Bush

A full lineup of all related programming can be found at EW.com here.