September 11th Commemorations

flag flying at halfmast in front of the Capitol dome

Members of Congress honor victims of terrorist attacks

As America prepares to observe the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, Congress has scheduled the Congressional Remembrance Ceremony at the United States Capitol to pay tribute to the nearly 3,000 Americans killed that day. The ceremony, which will be held on Monday, September 12th, will take place on the East Front Steps where Congress gathered on the day of the terrorist attacks.

In addition to the Remembrance Ceremony at the United States Capitol, Member delegations will attend ceremonies in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon.

In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, House Speaker John Boehner will accompany Members of the U.S. House to attend the dedication of a national memorial honoring United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed after passengers and crew stopped the terrorists who had hijacked the plane and were reportedly headed to the U.S. Capitol.

In New York, other Members will join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for services at Ground Zero, and a delegation of Members will also attend a memorial at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

House Remembrance Website

On September 11th, 2001, thousands of people, including Members, staff and visitors, evacuated the U.S. Capitol and surrounding buildings. Images, reactions and retrospectives from that day have been compiled by the Office of the House Historian and are available online.