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Thousands to Form Human Chain for 9/11 Anniversary

By DNAinfo Staff on August 31, 2011 3:42pm

The Wall of Remembrance at Battery Park, where the
The Wall of Remembrance at Battery Park, where the "Hand and Hand" event will begin.
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MANHATTAN — Thousands of people are expected to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 next month by forming a human chain in Lower Manhattan.

Participants in the event, called “Hand in Hand: Remembering 9/11,” will gather along the west side waterfront on Sept. 10, the day before the 10th anniversary, to join hands at 8:46 a.m., marking when the first plane hit the North Tower, according to a statement by organizers.

The occasion will be observed with a moment of silence, followed by a short song, a website for “Hand in Hand” noted. Afterwards, participants are invited to post messages or mementos at the Wall of Remembrance in Historic Battery Park.

Downtown’s Community Board 1, which is organizing the event, will also host a tree planting ceremony in the park and offer various community service projects for those interested in participating, according to the statement.

CB1 described "Hand in Hand" as “[a] simple yet powerful symbol of unity and our dedication to keeping the memory of September 11, 2001 alive.”

The human chain will begin in Battery Park, adjacent to Castle Clinton National Monument, and extend uptown, a spokeswoman clarified.

While the event is free and open to the public, those who want to join must first register online. Space is limited to those who can safely fit within the designated stretch of waterfront, according to the website.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. After registering, participants will be assigned to report to a specific location along the chain. Check-In stations open at 7:30 a.m. and will close at 8:15 a.m. in order for crowds to prepare.