Guide To The Day's Events

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A breakdown of when and where Sept. 11 anniversary events will take place, including a guide to CBS News coverage. All times are Eastern Daylight.

7:00 a.m. - Families and guests arrive at ground zero.

7:00 a.m. to Noon : "The Early Show" broadcasts live from ground zero.

8:00 a.m. – Bagpipers who've marched in overnight from all five New York City boroughs converge at ground zero.

8:45 a.m. – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduces a moment of silence, to take place at 8:46, the exact moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center. President Bush marks the moment of silence at the White House.

8:49 a.m. – N.Y. Gov. George Pataki reads an excerpt from the Gettysburg address.

8:54 a.m. – Rudolph Giuliani reads the names of people killed or missing in the World Trade Center attack.

9:00 a.m. – Pentagon memorial ceremony begins, with readings by President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

9:03 a.m. – New York ceremony pauses to observe the moment the second plane hit.

9:30 a.m. – Start of ceremony in Shanksville, Pa.

9:37 a.m. – A moment of silence in Washington to mark the time the Pentagon was hit.

9:59 a.m. – Observance of when the south tower fell.

10:00 a.m. – President Bush speaks at the Pentagon.

10:29 a.m. - Observance of the north tower's collapse.

10:30 a.m. – New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey reads from the Declaration of Independence. End of ceremonies in Shanksville and Washington.

11:00 a.m. – New York Stock Exchange opens to trading.

Noon – 6:30 p.m. - Continuous CBS News coverage from ground zero.

12:30 p.m. – President and Mrs. Bush visit the Shanksville crash site.

4:55 p.m. – The president lays a wreath at ground zero.

6:30 p.m. – A special edition of the "CBS Evening News."

7:00 p.m. - Mayor Bloomberg and various heads of state attend ceremony in Battery Park, where a temporary trade center memorial is located.

7:11 p.m. – Bloomberg reads from Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech.

7:13 p.m. – An eternal flame is lit by Bloomberg and a trade center family member.

7:27 p.m. – Battery Park ceremony ends with singing of "America the Beautiful."

7:30 p.m. – Dan Rather anchors a special broadcast from ground zero.

8:00 p.m. – CBS News' "60 Minutes II" airs an exclusive interview with President Bush.

9:00 p.m. - President Bush delivers a speech to the nation.

Immediately following the president's speech – CBS rebroadcasts the acclaimed documentary "9/11."


  • Tricia McDermott

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