As one of the oldest cities in the United States and serving as the historic heart of the country, it is only natural that Boston would be home to a number of 9/11 events commemorating those who were lost on September 11, 2011. If you are interested in visiting Boston and paying your respects, or if you are already a resident and you want to find a way to pay tribute to those who lost their lives, here are a few of the locations where events will be taking throughout the city.
Boston Public Garden
A Wreath-Laying Ceremony will take place at the Boston Public Garden on September 11th at 7:30 am. The garden features a 9/11 Garden of Remembrance memorial near its Arlington Street entrance. The garden is also of historic significance, as it was the first public botanical garden opened in the United States. Other features include meandering pathways, a lagoon, monuments, fountains and over 80 species of plants. The 9/11 Garden of Remembrance, which is located on the edge of the garden and overlooks the swan boats, was completed in 2004. Designed by Victor Walker, the memorial is surrounded by flowers, plants and benches.
Massachusetts State House
A flag lowering, moment of silence and reading of names ceremony will take place on the lawn of the Massachusetts State House lawn on September 11th at 8:30 am. At the ceremony, the names of 210 people who perished during the tragic event who have connections to Massachusetts will be read aloud. A moment of silence will also take place at 8:46, which is the time when the first plan struck the Twin Towers.
Following the outdoor event, the Commemoration Observation and the Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery Presentation will take place inside the House of Representative Chambers. The Sweeney Award is named in honor of Madeline Amy Sweeney, who was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11. She is credited with alerting authorities about the terrorist hijacking. This portion of the event will take place at 9:30 am.
9/11 Mass Military Heroes Care Package Event
If you want to play an active role in bringing a bit of joy to the men and women currently serving our country, you might want to participate in the 9/11 Mass Military Heroes Care Package Event. Taking place at Mother’s Walk, which is located across from the Aquarium on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the event invites volunteers to help put together 500 care packages for military members currently serving overseas. Volunteers will also write letters to include with the packages. Contact the Massachusetts Military Heroes Organization for more information about how to volunteer.
In addition to running the care package event, the Massachusetts Military Heroes Organization also operates the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. The fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the families of military personnel with connections to Massachusetts who have died as a result of active duty since 9/11.