Ten years after the carnage that brought New York to its knees, the powerful pledge to “never forget” is being honored at dozens of 9/11 events throughout the city, including the commemoration Sunday at the unveiling of the memorial at the World Trade Center.
At Lincoln Center on Thursday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly paid tribute to the 23 NYPD officers killed during the attacks and another 50 who’ve since died from diseases related to the rescue and recovery.
Kelly said no day compares to 9/11 “when it comes to the losses we sustained and to the courage we witnessed in our ranks.”
He considers the anniversary a “major security event,” and more than a thousand officers will be mobilized to keep the city safe, including cops carrying sniper rifles and guarding subways and transit hubs.
All eyes will be at the WTC memorial Sunday morning, when Bloomberg and other politicians, including President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush, will appear for the reading of the names of the nearly 3,000 victims killed in New York as well as in Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pa. There will also be several moments of silence.
The 9/11 Memorial officially opens to the public on Monday.
Meanwhile, visitors are invited to board the U.S.S. New York, which docked in the city Thursday morning from Virginia waters. The ship includes 7 tons of WTC steel in its bow and will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Friday.
“She is an emblem of the strength and renewed spirit of a city that was damaged, but never defeated,” Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said in a statement.
On Saturday morning, Manhattan Community Board 1 plans to host a “Hand in Hand – Remembering 9/11” event, in which people will link hands along the West Side waterfront.
Organizers said the event is an alternative for those who feel excluded from the official 9/11 Memorial ceremony on Sunday, which is only open to families of the victims.
9/11 anniversary events at the World Trade Center
While there are more than 30 anniversary-related memorials and vigils planned throughout the city this weekend, Sunday’s gathering at the World Trade Center will be the highest-profile.
Where: The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, bounded by West and Greenwich streets and Vesey and Albany streets.
When: 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What: A moment of silence will be held at 8:46 a.m., when the first plane crashed into the North Tower, and then the names of the victims will be read. Moments
of silence will be held to mark the other attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania: 9:03 a.m., 9:36 a.m., 9:59 a.m., 10:03 a.m. and 10:28 a.m.
The annual “Tribute in Light” begins at sundown.
Closings: Expect tight security and closed-off streets around the WTC.
Residents and workers in the area should carry ID t gain access.
Parts of about 20 downtown streets will be closed, including Warren, Murray, Barclay and Greenwich streets and Park Place.
9/11-related weekend events
Peace Story Quilt’
Through Jan. 22,
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Faith Ringgold’s “Peace Story Quilt” was created in collaboration with New York City students age 8 to 19, conveying the importance of communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace.
Remembering 9/11 photo exhibition
Through April 12 ,
New-York Historical Society, 2 West 77th St., at Central Park West
The New-York Historical Society will showcase a selection of photos taken by professional and amateur photographers during the immediate aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center.
‘World Trade Center: All Times’
Sunday, Big Screen Plaza, 851 Sixth Ave., between East 29th and 30th streets (behind the Eventi Hotel).
A film examining how imagery of the Twin Towers continues to resurface in the fabric of our lives, based on a 10-year project by Fred J. DeVito that began as a way to remember and heal. For show times, visit www.BigScreenPlaza.com
Hands Across Lower Manhattan
At 8:46 a.m., New Yorkers will form a human chain by linking hands from the tip of lower Manhattan heading north along the waterfront. Registration is required at HandInHand911.org
Sunday, Citi Field
The Mets will have a ceremony at 7:30 p.m., a half-hour before their game against the Chicago Cubs begins. John Franco will throw the first pitch to Mike Piazza; both were members of the 2001 team.
An Evening of Light 10th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, Capitale, 130 Bowery
9/10/11 – 8 p.m.
Fundraiser—RSVP REQUIRED Tuesday’s Children, a nonprofit family service organization that helps those affected by the attacks on 9/11, is holding a fundraiser at 8 p.m. RSVP required. More info at TuesdaysChildren.org.
FDNY 10th anniversary memorial service honoring members lost at WTC
Saturday, St. Patrick’s Cathedral
The free ceremony, from 2 to 4 p.m., will honor the 343 FDNY families that lost a loved one in the World Trade Center and will simulcast the ceremony on large TV monitors on East 50th and 51st streets, between Madison and Fifth avenues. Limited seating will be available in the Cathedral, as the families are given priority seating for the ceremony.