We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001. If you weren’t alive yet, you probably remember where the first person who told you about 9/11 was. It’s a day none of us will forget but important to remember. This year is especially important as it marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks. It’s a reminder of the resilience of our city and the people who live here.

New York City always memorializes the day through various events that include ceremonies, art installations, music and of course the Tower Lights. This year is no different and while we usually get ourselves psyched for happy events, it’s important to remember the events that shape our city – both good and bad.  Each year on the anniversary of 9/11, the families of victims gather for a ceremony on the 9/11 Memorial plaza to read aloud the names of the 2,983 men, women, and children killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks and February 26, 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center. Six moments of silence mark the times when each of the World Trade Center towers was struck, when each tower fell, and the times corresponding to the attack at the Pentagon, and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

At sundown, the annual “Tribute in Light” will once again illuminate the sky in commemoration of the anniversary of the attacks. For us, the day is captured in Tribute in Light. The beams of blue light arranged in the shape of the Twin Towers are visible for 60 miles on a clear night. For the best views, check out Washington Square and Union Square parks.

As we stated, its not something to get excited about but it’s certainly an event we will never forget. For more information including ways to participate, visit 911memorial.org.