[Live video link below.] Today marks eight years since the September 11th terror attacks, and New York City is again marking the day with a memorial ceremony to honor of the victims. (Watch the ceremony live below.) This year, September 11th has been officially designated a “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Governor David Paterson, Former Governor George Pataki, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, and Vice President Joe Biden are joining survivors and family members of victims at Zuccotti Park, across the street from the World Trade Center site, for the ceremony.
There will be five moments of silence, including pauses at the exact time each of the two planes hit the towers, and when each of the towers fell.
Family members will be paired with volunteers from the five boroughs to read the names of those who died in the attack.
President Barack Obama will join families for a service at the Pentagon to remember the 184 people who died when a jet slammed into the building.
A wreath will be laid at the Pentagon memorial during the ceremony.
Thousands are also expected to gather for a ceremony to remember the 40 victims of United Flight 93 that went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The names of the plane’s passengers and crew are set to be read at 10:03a.m., the time the plane crashed.
As a result of today’s ceremony, several streets are closed and parking is restricted.
The most affected areas are around Zuccotti Park.
The sky over Lower Manhattan was lit up last night to remember the Twin Towers.
Watch today’s ceremony by clicking here.