Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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*** FINAL MEDIA ADVISORY ***

CREDENTIALING, POOL AND PROGRAM INFORMATION FOR
NEW YORK CITY’S SEPTEMBER 11th COMMEMORATION CEREMONY

The Following Information Is For Planning Purposes Only
And Is Not For Broadcast or Publication Unless Otherwise Noted

Note: Times and Details Are Subject To Change

Information about the 12th Anniversary commemoration ceremony on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 is available on www.nyc.gov/mediaadvisory  and will be changed as updates become available.

  • As detailed in previous advisories, media must have pre-registered by September 2nd to gain entry to the National September 11 Memorial plaza. Registration is now closed.  Confirmation emails for those who pre-registered have been sent out. Media who have pre-registered must present a valid government-issued media credential and/or company photo ID indicating the organization they work for, as well as a copy of the credential confirmation email, in order to receive their credential. Media must display their press credential and their event credential at all times on site during the day. 
  • Video cameras will not be allowed to enter through Media Check-In.
  • There are no electrical outlets available on the World Trade Center site, and wireless internet access will not be provided.
  • All media granted a credential must remain in their designated press areas during the ceremony.  Re-entry will not be permitted.  All media must adhere to these conditions; your event credential may be revoked at any time for failure to comply.


COMMEMORATION PROGRAM

The observance of the 12th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks will take place at the National September 11 Memorial plaza, located in the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan.  Music will provide a backdrop throughout the program. The commemoration is for family members of victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks and they have been invited to participate in this year’s reading of the names. The ceremony will pause at six moments – twice to mark the times that each plane hit the towers, twice to mark the time when each tower fell and to mark the moments of the attacks on the Pentagon and on Flight 93. The first moment of silence will be at 8:46 AM, and houses of worship have been asked to toll their bells at that time.  The ceremony will conclude at approximately 12:30 PM (this is subject to change). 

**The following program information is for immediate publication, broadcast and release:

8:39 AM         Program begins
Bagpipers and drummers lead WTC flag through memorial to the stage
Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs the National Anthem
8:46 AM         Moment of silence (observance of time AA Flight 11 struck North Tower)
(Houses of worship will toll their bells throughout the City)
Family members will begin reading the names in pairs

  • There will be 125 pairs (250 readers) who will continue until all names are read
  • Music will provide a backdrop throughout the program

9:03 AM         Moment of silence (observance of time UA Flight 175 struck South Tower)
Reading of names continues/music resumes
9:37 AM         Moment of silence (observance of time AA Flight 77 struck the Pentagon)
Reading of names continues/music resumes
9:59 AM         Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the South Tower)
Reading of names continues/music resumes
10:03 AM       Moment of silence (observance of time UA Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania)
Reading of names continues/music resumes
10:28 AM       Moment of silence (observance of time of fall of the North Tower)
Reading of names continues to conclusion/music resumes
Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs “You Raise Me Up”
                        Taps performed by three trumpeters (NYPD, FDNY, PAPD)
12:30 PM        Program concludes
8:00 PM          National September 11 Memorial Closes


ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION

Bagpipe Processional: Nine pipers and drummers from NYPD, FDNY and PAPD.

Honor Guard: The stage honor guard participating this year’s ceremony are made up of individuals representing the Fire Department (FDNY), Police Department (NYPD) and the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD). In addition, there will be an honor guard made up of individuals representing the Fire Department (FDNY), Police Department (NYPD) and the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) that will stand at the entrance of the Memorial plaza. Members of this honor guard will stand for about 20 minutes and then rotate.   

List of readers names (in PDF)

List of musicians (in PDF)

TELEVISION AND PHOTO POOL INFORMATION

  • A television pool has been established to cover the ceremony in the National September 11 Memorial plaza.  Bard Entertainment, Ltd., a New York company headed by David Stern, is doing production and Producer Annette Jolles is the Pool Coordinator.  Questions regarding the availability of the pool coverage and transmission should be directed to Annette Jolles at (917) 743-1182. Television producers/ correspondents may obtain a credential at Press Check-in to attend but may not bring video cameras into the memorial plaza.
  • A photo pool also has been established to cover the ceremony in the National September 11 Memorial plaza and the New York Press Photographers Association has agreed to coordinate distribution of the pool photos. Photos can be accessed through an FTP site hosted by Mainstream Data. All questions should be directed to the photo pool coordinator Ray Stubblebine via e-mail at ray@raystubblebine.com.

Media not in the pool or getting the pool through the major wire services can access and download selected photos via the FTP:

FTP Server: nyppa.mainstreamdata.com
Username: nyppaguest
Password: nyppaguest8


TRIBUTE IN LIGHT

The “Tribute in Light,” which is supported by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, and sponsored in part by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, will shine to all those who were lost on September 11th. The lights are located at West and Morris streets in lower Manhattan.  The lights will be on beginning at sunset on September 11, 2013 and fading away at dawn on September 12th.  There will be no formal program.  The lights are best seen when it is completely dark.


PARKING FOR SATELLITE & MICROWAVE TRUCKS

All questions regarding parking should be directed to the NYPD Office of the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information at (646) 610-6700. There will be limited access for satellite trucks east of the World Trade Center.


DRIVING RESTRICTIONS & STREET CLOSURES

Because limited equipment is allowed on the ceremony site, it is suggested that media take mass transit if possible.

**The following is a list of streets in the area that will be impacted by the events surrounding the ceremony and is for immediate release, publication and broadcast:

  • West Street will remain OPEN to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.  However trucks will not be permitted northbound on West Street from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Vesey Street.  Trucks will be diverted from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Trinity Place/Church Street to travel north.
  • Church Streets/Trinity Place and Broadway will remain OPEN.
  • The Liberty Street pedestrian bridge will be closed from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. 

The following streets will be closed to traffic from 12:01 AM until 5:00 PM (subject to change). Pedestrian access will be very limited:

  • Liberty, Cedar, and Thames Streets between Greenwich Street and Trinity Place
  • Greenwich Street between Liberty and Carlisle Streets
  • Albany Street between West and Greenwich Streets
  • Washington Street between Liberty and Carlisle Streets
Vesey Street between Church Street and Broadway
Contact:

Mayor’s Press Office
(212) 788-2958
presscredentials@cityhall.nyc.gov