The 9/11 Memorial at Boston Logan International Airport

This Friday, September 11, marks 19 years since the terrorist attacks on September, 11, 2001, which killed almost 3000 people and injured thousands more.

Four airplanes were hijacked that day as part of a coordinated plan: two planes originated at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS); one left from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD); and one departed Newark International Airport (EWR), now Newark Liberty International Airport.

The two planes hijacked after leaving Boston Logan International were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The plane hijacked after leaving Dulles International hit the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C. The fourth plane, originating in Newark International Airport, crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Private and public memorials take place each year to observe the anniversary of 9/11. And despite COVID-19 concerns, this year those memorials will still be taking place, although a bit differently.

A commemoration ceremony for victims’ families will be streamed online from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. The tradition has been for family members to read the names of all the victims during the memorial ceremony. This year a recording of family members reading the names will stream during the event.

The September 11 observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, PA. will be closed to the general public, but live-streamed as well. Both presidential candidates plan to visit the site that day.

We haven’t seen anything official about an observance taking place at Boston Logan International Airport, but no doubt some people will make their way to the 9/11 Memorial at BOS Airport to remember and pay respects.

The memorial is a large glass cube on a small hill, next to the Hilton Hotel at BOS. Inside are two glass panels etched with the names of every person aboard the two flights that were hijacked leaving Boston Logan Airport. The memorial was dedicated in 2008.

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