Twenty years ago, al Qaeda executed a terrorist attack against the United States of America when three planes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. A fourth hijacked plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field after an on-flight struggle.
According to History.com, 2,996 people died that day, including the 19 hijackers.
Specials will be airing throughout the day to commemorate the anniversary. Here is the schedule of coverage:
CNN will be airing specials throughout the day.
“9/11: 20 Years Later” will air at 8 a.m. and will feature “news coverage of memorial services for the victims of Sept. 11,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
The publication revealed that “Shine a Light: 9/11 Tribute Concert,” which airs at 8 p.m., is “a musical tribute to the victims and survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks featuring Brad Paisley, Common and H.E.R., as well as conversations with young adults whose parents died in the tragedy.”
”Good Morning America Saturday” will air on ABC at 7 a.m., followed by “9/11 Twenty Years Later” at 8 a.m. The Los Angeles Times wrote, “A rare weekend installment of ‘Good Morning America’ covering the 20th anniversary of 9/11, followed by a special reflecting on its lasting impact. David Muir, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer and other correspondents will lead ABC News’ Sept. 11 programming.”
Fox News’ coverage of September 11 will star with “Fox & Friends Weekend” at 8 a.m. The Los Angeles Times wrote, “Fox News coverage will begin in the morning with moments of silence acknowledging the attacks, followed by special episodes of ‘Fox & Friends Weekend,’ ‘America’s Newsroom,’ ‘Cavuto Live’ and ‘Fox News Live,’ all set in Manhattan.”
“The Lost Calls of 9/11” will air at 7 p.m., telling, “the story of Sept. 11 told 20 years later by the people whose voices were being recorded as America’s freedom was under attack,” according to Fox News.
Starting at 9 a.m. on MSNBC, “America Remembers: 20 Years Later” will report “on national events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.”
In the evening, “Memory Box: Echoes Of 9/11” will air at 10 p.m. The network describes the special as, “The story of Sept. 11 is told through eyewitness testimonies that were recorded in a small plywood booth video box in the months following the attacks; twenty years later, the eyewitnesses return to share their memories and reflect on America today.”
CBS will air “9/11: 20 Years Later” at 8:30 a.m. According to the special’s description, “Norah O’Donnell anchors comprehensive coverage fo the ceremonies across the nation marking the solemn day.”
“x” will air on PBS at 8 p.m. The station’s website describes the special as, “Honor the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks with this special performance hosted by Misty Copeland and led by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin featuring soloists Ailyn Pérez, Michelle DeYoung, Matthew Polenzani and Eric Owens.”
The Discovery Channel’s coverage of 9/11 will begin with the two-part special, “The Fight That Fought Back” beginning at 10 a.m. Based on the channel’s description, it will chronicle “the heroic and tragic events aboard Flight 93 and its after effects.”
“9/11 Rescue Cops” will air at 12 p.m. and cover “the story of the NYPD’s elite rescue squad.”
“Attack on the Pentagon” will air at 1 p.m., detailing the events inside of the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 attack.
“The 9/11 Tapes: Chaos in the Sky” will air at 3 p.m. and use audio recording to “reveal the raw emotion and panic of those responding to the 9/11 attacks,” according to Discovery.
“9/11: After the Towers Fell” will air at 4 p.m. Discovery describes the special as, “the story of rescue workers, family and friends rushing to ground zero to save the buried.”
“9/11 Firehouse” will air at 5 p.m. and feature the story of the firefighters of 10 House, which was “at the base of the Twin Towers.”
“9/11: The Towers and the Pentagon” will air at 6 p.m. The special will “study the structural difference between the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and explain why the results were so different,” according to the channel.
“The 9/11 Surfer” will air at 7 p.m. It will focus on Pasquale Buzzelli who “rode a blizzard of falling debris” from a stairwell on the 22nd floor and survived, the channel described.
“Surviving 9/11” at 8 p.m. It is “A special documenting the terrorist siege on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 that unfolded over two hours on Sept. 11,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
The History Channel will be airing specials throughout the day.
“America’s 9/11 Flag: Rise From the Ashes” will air at 7 a.m. and based on the channel’s description, follow Brad Meltzer in uncovering “the mystery and search of the iconic Ground Zero 9/11 Flag.”
“Days That Shaped America” will air at 9 a.m. According to the description, the episode will recount the experiences of survivors, first responders and witnesses.
“9/11: Escape From the Towers” will air at 11 a.m. will feature the stories of two survivors, according to the History Channel.
“Rise and Fall: The World Trade Center” will air at 1 p.m. According to the special’s description, it will recount “the inspiring, true story behind an American icon and the remarkable group of people who dreamed it and made it real.”
“9/11: The Final Minutes of Flight 93” will air at 3 p.m. to provide a “gripping minute by minute account” using “previously classified streams of evidence.”
“9/11: Inside Air Force One” will air at 4 p.m. According to the History Channel, the special will recount the events of September 11, 2001 “from a unique vantage point: inside Air Force One on its nine-hour journey from Florida, across the country, and finally home to Washington, D.C.”
“9/11: 102 Minutes That Changed America” will air at 6 p.m. Based on the special’s description, it will provide a “minute by minute account of the catastrophe unfolding,” using personal footage as well as recordings from first responders and witnesses.
“9/11: Four Flights” is airing at 8 p.m. According to the Los Angeles Times, the special will feature “interviews with loved ones of those who died on the four flights targeted by terrorists on Sept. 11.”
“9/11: I Was There” is airing at 10:03 p.m. According to its description, it “puts viewers in the shoes of New Yorkers and visitors alike to unfold the tragedy, the fear of what was next and the horrific aftermath to follow resulting in a raw and unfiltered telling of 9/11 from confusion to comprehension, terror and relief.”
National Geographic Channel
National Geographic Channel is airing specials throughout the afternoon into the evening.
“Inside 9/11: Zero Hour” will air at 12:30 p.m. and detail the “horror and heroism of those who died and the thousands of others who survived the terrorist attacks” according to the channel.
“9/11: Control the Skies” will air at 2:30 p.m. and look into the panic of the 500 planes “over the North Atlantic” on September 11, 2001, reveals National Geographic.
“George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview” will air at 4:30 p.m. A two-day interview with the former president provides insight into his experience and thoughts as the attacks unfolded.
The “9/11: One Day in America” series will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the newest episode airing at 9 p.m. According to the National Geographic Channel’s description, the episode will examine “the harrowing moments of the historic morning of Sept. 11, 2001.”
HBO is airing the four-part documentary series, from Spike Lee, “NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½” on Saturday at 10 p.m.
HBO’s description of the series states in part, “Beginning with the ongoing global pandemic and the urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, Lee traverses through time to the devastating terrorist attacks of 9/11. This provocative series is an epic chronicle of life, loss, and survival in what Lee calls ‘the greatest city on this God’s earth,’ capturing the flavor and heart of New York City, exploring its resilience and grit, and affirming its innate ability to rebound, rebuild and endure.”