Never Forget September 11, 2001

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The U.S. House of Representatives – Remembers 9-11 (U.S. Representatives)
Remembering 9/11: A Day That Changed the World (Biography)
Remembering 9/11: The Photo Archive (History)
How Design of WTC Claimed Lives on 9/11 (History)
PBS Remembers 911 (PBS)
Never Forget (ABC News)
Visit the 9-11 Memorial Museum – in Person or Virtually
Anniversary in the Schools Webinar (9/11 Memorial Museum)
Feature: Response Art (9/11 Memorial Museum)
9/11 Primary Sources (9/11 Memorial Museum)


On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed, 400 were police officers and firefighters, in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in NYC, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in a plane crash near Shanksville, PA. Passengers aboard United Flight 93, heard about the previous airplane attacks and attempted to retake control of the plane from hijackers. As a result, the hijackers deliberately crashed the plane in a Pennsylvania field instead of at their unknown target. Americans pay tribute to the lives destroyed and forever altered on 9/11 and vow to never forget.


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The U.S. House of Representatives – Remembers 9-11

To commemorate the events of September 11, 2001, the Office of the House Historian conducted a series of interviews with former Representatives, House officials, and employees. These interviews provide a comprehensive account of the events and emotions in the U.S. House of Representatives that day.


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Remembering 9/11: A Day That Changed the World

At 8:45 a.m. on September 11, 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767, Flight 11, collided into the World Trade Center’s north tower in New York City immediately killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in the 110-story skyscraper. Only 18 minutes later, a second Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175, flew into the south tower. Two more planes headed for their intended targets.


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Remembering 9/11: The Photo Archive 

A photographer spends 9 months documenting the efforts of Ground Zero workers in the days after September 11th. The result was over 8,000 photographs. Part of the Emmy Award winning web series, Remembering 9/11.

How Design of WTC Claimed Lives on 9/11

What wasn’t there on 9/11 was a fourth stairwell in each tower, one that would have led from the Windows on the World restaurant in the north tower and another from the observation deck atop the south tower. These two high-occupancy spaces, each exceeding 1,000 people, needed additional egress capacity. But those code-mandated fourth stairwells didn’t exist because the New York Port Authority chose not to include them; the Port Authority was, and continues to be, exempt from actually complying with New York City’s building code.


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PBS Remembers 911

For many people, the most difficult questions raised by the attacks weren’t about politics, military strategy, or homeland security. They were questions about God, about good and evil, and about the potential for darkness within religion itself. Did what we saw on that day negate the idea of God’s existence or was there something in the human response to the tragedy that suggested transcendence?


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Never Forget

Americans commemorate 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and  monuments to victims.  The families, friends and co-workers of 9/11 victims attend ceremonies at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania vowing to Never Forget the day that terrorists in hijacked planes carried out the deadliest terror attack on American soil.


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Visit the 9-11 Memorial Museum – in Person or Virtually

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum pays tribute to the victims and honors the survivors of the September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993 terror attacks and observes the anniversary of the end of the 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts.

At the annual observance held at the 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan, family members of the victims read aloud the names of those killed in the 9/11 attacks and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The 9/11 Memorial & Museum also presents the commemorative public art installation Tribute in Light, which shines annually on the night of September 11.

Anniversary in the Schools Webinar

Join students and teachers from around the world to commemorate the 19th anniversary of 9/11 by registering for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s free Anniversary in the Schools program. View a film highlighting first-person accounts of the attacks and their aftermath and connect with Museum staff in real-time through an interactive live chat. The 30-minute program will be available on demand throughout the day.

Feature: Response Art

In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, people around the United States and the world struggled with how to comprehend and respond to the terrorist attacks. Professional artists turned to their practice to honor the victims, comfort those left behind, and mentally process the tragedy. Created in a range of materials and genres, including sculpture, painting, video, drawing, and collage, these works offer a lens through which to interpret the events surrounding the attacks.

There are more than 150 works created by professional artists in the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s Collection. A selection of these works is presented on this website.

9/11 Primary Sources

These primary resources include speeches, executive orders, legislative acts and debates, and government reports from the decade after the 9/11 attacks. Additional materials will be added on a rolling basis.


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