September 11th Memorials Across the Country


The upcoming 11th of September will mark the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack, a day that has proven to be one of the most pivotal points in modern history. In that time, two wars have been waged in the name of eradicating terror, the United States has lost its title as the world’s superpower, and the world quickly creeped into a place where the potential of terrorism frightens us at every turn. But out of that dark place, many have created beauty. Exhibits in museums have been organized, magnificent memorials built, and in the place of the two tall buildings lost, one more marvelous than before is being built. On September 11, 2011 a number of events take place around the country and dot429 had compiled a list of just a few happening in your city.

New York  

The dedication of the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero will happen Sunday morning, officially opening the two waterfalls and reflection pools built in the space where the Twin Towers stood. Along with the pools are bronze plaques inscribed with the names of all of the victims of both the September 11, 2001 attacks as well as the February 23, 1993 bombing.

The dedication is private and takes place Sunday morning at the Ground Zero Site. The memorial opens to the public Monday September 12 at 9:00 am.  

Guggenheim NY will show ‘Ten Years of Terror’ on September 9, 12, and 13 at 10:00 am. The 70 minute film, by Simon Critchley, analyzes the theoretical, empirical, and aesthetic dimensions of violence and its ramifications in modern times. For more information, click here.

The Interfaith Center of New York will have a floating lantern ceremony, sending lanterns down the Hudson from Pier 46 with the names of participants’ loved ones as well as messages of peace. Information about the event can be found here.


The Chicago History Museum will host a panel about September 11th and its impact on America, its place in American history, and how the event had a particular impact on Chicago. Some of the city’s best thinkers will be discussing the issues at hand and is part of the museum’s ‘In The K/Now’ series. More information available here.

The Field Museum is hosting an exhibit called Ground Zero 360, which is the previously unseen work of a photojournalist and a police chief pair. The exhibit documents photos, radio calls and artifacts from Ground Zero both at the time of the attack and in the hours and days immediately after. The exhibit runs from the September 2nd and more information is here.

Los Angeles

The Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden on 445 North Rexford Drive will be dedicated on Sunday September 11. More information is here.

Pepperdine University will have the names read of all 2,997 who died in the attack. The university will also be covered with flags, one representing each person who died. More information is available here.

San Francisco

The monthly event Opera in Golden Gate Park will honor the city’s firefighters, paramedics, and other first responders this month with an opera about 9/11, as well as other performances on the same theme. Mozart’s Requiem will be heard as texts of meditation are read out by members of the city’s interfaith community. More info here.

San Francisco’s Second Annual Memorial Stair Climb will take place at the Trans America building in honor of the firefighters who saved the lives of many on 9/11. The goal for the event is to have 343 climbers (lower east side’s local fire station number) who climb 48 flights of stairs. Find out more here.

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