9/11 Anniversary Commemorations in the City
Roundup of what's happening in Boston for the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Public Garden Wreath Laying
- A public wreath laying ceremony, hosted by the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, will take place at 7:30 a.m. by the Arlington Street entrance. Visitors are welcome to stop by anytime until sunset to see the granite memorial with the names of Sept. 11 victims and those with connections to Massachusetts and New England. Charcoal rubbings of names can also be done, and staff will be on hand with materials and assistance.
- At 8:30 a.m. on the State House lawn, there will be a flag lowering and the singing of the national anthem, followed by a moment of silence and the reading of names.
- At 9:30 a.m. inside the State House Chambers, will be the Commemoration Observation (limited public seating) with remarks by Vicki Kennedy and senators John Kerry and Scott Brown. Readings by family members will be followed by the presentation of the Madeleine Amy Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery.
Amy Sweeny, of Acton, was a flight attentent on the American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane hijacked by terrorists. Before crashing into the World Trade Center, Sweeney contacted the ground services crew and provided critical information about the terrorists.
- Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial special tribute to the 343 Fallen NY Firefighters at 2 p.m.
- The Friends of City Square Park, the Mothers Association and Gardens for Charlestown, as well as elected officials, local clergy and representatives from the Boston Fire Department will gather in the park at noon. There will be a flag raising, a color guard and music.
Massachusetts Remembers September 11 at the Esplanade's Hatch Shell
- More than 10,000 are expected to attend this free Memorial Concert and Ceremony, honoring the men and women that have and are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The two-hour tribute, from 3 - 5 p.m., includes readings, poems and prayers, with music by the Boston Pops Brass Ensemble and Boston Children's Chorus.
- This is also the final stop for riders in Beyond the Bike, a three day memorial bike ride from New York's World Trade Center to the Charles River Esplanade. They should arrive around 2:45 p.m.
- The Oval opens at noon, and a range of nonprofits will be on hand to enlist volunteers in the community.
- At 12:30 p.m. organizers will unroll a giant mural of the American flag created by Massachusetts school children shortly after September 11th. Half the size of a football field, it contains more than 50,000 red, white and blue six-inch pieces of fabric, each with its own message of peace, hope and patriotism. First exhibited at the dedication of the The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, the display will mark the flag mural’s return to Boston.
Berklee Memorial Concert
- More than 100 members of the Berklee College of Music community will share original songs, compositions, poetry, dance and stories at 7:30 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center on Mass Ave. With a variety of music: classical, rap, jazz, electronic and gospel, the performance will span generations and cultures, portraying a global response to the 10-year anniversary. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 the night of the show.
- Two New Yorkers will share their experiences from 9/11. Yaeno White, the assistant vice president of Fuji Bank in the South Tower, was left legally blind by the attacks, but has found new purpose as an artist. Larry Rader, a photographer who lived and worked in Lower Manhattan, will share images rarely seen by the public of New York before and after the attack.
- Between performances, Berklee staff will read from news reports and written accounts of Flight 93, the heroic duties of New York firefighters, and the American spirit in the face of an unprecedented event.