About 200 parents and grandparents of victims of Sept. 11 will read the names of those who died in the Twin Towers during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the attacks.August 17, 2004 -- About 200 parents and grandparents of victims of Sept. 11 will read the names of those who died in the Twin Towers during a ceremony marking the third anniversary of the attacks.
Last year, the city invited children of the 2,749 victims to read the names during a solemn ceremony at Ground Zero.
"This year, we will recognize that heroes learn about sacrifice and courage from their families," Gov. Pataki said yesterday.
"Parents and grandparents will lead us in honoring the memory of the heroes we lost, just as they helped guide us through that dark day and gave us the strength we needed to rebuild."
The ceremony will begin just before 8:46 a.m. - the time the first tower was hit - and end around noon. The World Trade Center site will remain open to victims' families until 4 p.m., organizers said.
A statewide moment of silence will be held four times throughout the ceremony - twice to mark the times that each plane hit the towers, and twice to mark each time when each tower fell.
The "Tribute in Light" will also return this year.
For one night, the lower Manhattan skyline will be lit up by twin beams evoking the Twin Towers.
Family members will be able to lay flowers at the site, and trumpeters from the FDNY and NYPD will play taps at the close of the service.