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WTC Area Prepares For September 11th Memorials

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Friday marks the eighth anniversary of the largest terrorist attacks in the United States, including the destruction of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan.

Vice President Joe Biden will be in the city to pay tribute to the victims of September 11th, while President Barack Obama will join families for another service at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

In Lower Manhattan, family members and survivors will gather at Zuccotti Park, located at Broadway and Liberty Street, across from the World Trade Center site. They will observe a moment of silence at the exact times each of the two planes hit and when each of the Twin Towers fell.

The family members will be paired with volunteers from the five boroughs to read the names of those who died in the attack.

This year, September 11th has been officially designated a "National Day of Service and Remembrance."

Meanwhile, St. Paul's Chapel, an Episcopalian church near the World Trade Center site that provided a place to rest for recovery workers, will mark the anniversary with music and prayer.

The chapel has also set up a 32-feet labyrinth, which organizers say symbolizes the pilgrimage that leads to salvation, enlightenment or consolation.

They say it will take visitors about 15 to 30 minutes to complete depending upon how much time someone may pause to reflect.

"One of the mysteries of this place is how this one event is able to tap into so many people's experiences," said Daniel Simons of St. Paul's Chapel. "So I could in no way say people are coming for this specific reason. And the things they comment on are as wide as the world."

"The eighth anniversary is significant to me as a Christian believer because that number represents new beginnings," said one visitor. "So I'm in a period of prayer and fasting myself, and was pleasantly surprised to find this elaborate opportunity to just meditate, to pray."

The church also plans to ring its Bell of Hope at 8:46 a.m., the time the first tower was hit. Created in England, the bell was a gift to convey the country's sympathy and prayers following the attacks.

Traffic Closures On September 11th

The following areas and streets will be closed to traffic during all of September 11th:
• Zuccotti Park at Broadway and Liberty Street
• Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Street
• Liberty Street Pedestrian Bridge
• Thames Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street
• Albany Street between Greenwich and West Street
• Carlisle Street between Greenwich and West Streets
• Cedar Street between Broadway and Church / Trinity Place
• Church Street / Trinity Place between Battery Place to Barclay Street
• Cortlandt Street between Broadway and Church Street

The following streets will be closed to traffic through 4 p.m. on September 11th:
• Dey Street between Broadway And Church Street
• Fulton Street between Broadway and Church Street
• Vesey Street between Broadway and Church Street
• Barclay Street between Broadway and West Street

No parking is allowed on the following streets during September 11th:
• Murray Street from West to Church Streets
• Greenwich Street from Warren to Barclay Streets
• Park Place from West Broadway to Greenwich Streets
• West Broadway from Warren to Barclay Streets
• Warren Street between West Street and Broadway

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