How to watch or stream the 9/11 20th anniversary TV special

SEPTEMBER 11, 2021, marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US.

The sullen day will commemorate the lives lost in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon attack, and the crash of United Flight 93.

How to watch or stream the 9/11 20th anniversary TV special

On Saturday, 9/11, a livestream of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be aired on four major networks such as ABC, CNN, Fox, and CBS.

During the broadcast at Ground Zero in New York City, family members will read the names of loved ones they lost in the World Trade Center attack. 

There will be six moments of silence, acknowledging when each of the towers was struck, when each fell and the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93.

The program will begin at 8.30am ET, and the first moment of silence will be observed at 8.46 am.

9/11 timeline of events

The 9/11 terror attacks occurred 20 years ago. Here is a timeline of the day:

  • 5:45am – Hijackers get through security in Portland, Maine and board American Airlines Flight 11 that was scheduled to fly to Boston.
  • 7:59am – American Airlines Flight 11 takes off from Boston to Los Angeles. The plane is carrying 76 passengers, 11 crew and five hijackers.
  • 8:15am – United Airlines Flight 175, carrying 51 passengers, nine crew and five hijackers, takes off from Boston to Los Angeles.
  • 8:20am -American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Washington, DC. The plane is carrying 53 passengers, six crew and five hijackers.
  • 8:42am – United Airlines Flight 93 takes off from Newark. The plane is carrying 33 passengers, seven crew and four hijackers. The flight was bound to San Francisco.
  • 8:46am – Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
  • 9:03am – Flight 175 hits the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
  • 9:36am – Vice President Dick Cheney is evacuated by Secret Service agents to an undisclosed location.
  • 9:37am – Flight 77 hits the Pentagon building in Washington, DC.
  • 9:45am – The US Capitol and White House are both evacuated.
  • 9:59am – The South Tower was the first to collapse after burning for around 56 minutes.
  • 10:03am – United Airlines flight 93 crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The passengers and crew got together and stormed the cockpit of the hijacked plane. All passengers on board are killed.
  • 10:28am – The North Tower collapses.
  • 8:30pm – President George W. Bush addresses the US from the White House regarding the attacks. Almost 3,000 Americans died in the terror attacks.

The ceremony is expected to conclude at about 1pm ET.

At sundown, the annual Tribute in Light will shine in the sky above Ground Zero.

Former President George W. Bush will deliver keynote remarks honoring the 20th anniversary of 9/11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 

The livestream will begin at 9.45 ET on the Flight 93 National Memorial Facebook Page.

The networks will air these programs:


  • Good Morning America Saturday: A special edition of the show will air at 7 am ET.
  • 9/11 Twenty Years Later America Remembers:Program will include ceremonies at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, Shanksville, and other places beginning at 8am ET.


  • 9/11 Twenty Years Later:Program will begin airing at 8.30 am ET.
  • CBS This Morning: Full coverage of the anniversary beginning at 7am ET.


  • Front Row to History: The 9/11 Classroom: Begins airing at 7pm ET
  • Shine A Light: Airs at 8pm ET with musical guests H.E.R., Common, and Brad Paisley.
  • 9/11: Airs at 9pm ET.

Fox News

  • 9/11 moment of silence will begin airing at 8am ET.


  • Today Show: a special edition will air at 7am ET.
  • NBC News Special Report: Coverage of the ceremony will continue at 8.30 am ET.
  • NBC Nightly News: Coverage will take place at Ground Zero at 6.30pm ET.

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