Ground Zero: A Final Tribute

Thursday, May 30 beginning at 10 a.m. ET
Hosted by Shepard Smith

Thursday, May 30th marks the day that the clean up and search mission at New York's Ground Zero comes to an end.

Join Fox News Channel as America remembers the heartbreak and the heroism at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, the day that changed the future of our nation forever. 

FOX News Live will have complete live coverage of the tribute to those who lost their lives in the Twin Tower terror attacks.


Ceremony Timeline:

All times Eastern

10:29 a.m.    Program begins at the time when the second tower collapsed.

It will start with the Fire Department's signal for a fire officer lost in the line of duty. The signal is five bells repeated four times.

The signal will be followed by an honor guard made up of the FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority, EMS, State Troopers, Court Officers, Correctional Officers, National Guard, construction workers, volunteer workers, Office of Emergency Management, and families.

10:30 a.m. Agency Escort begins to walk up the ramp with the stretcher.

The stretcher will be empty and draped with a flag, symbolizing those not recovered.

10:32 a.m Stretcher moves toward top of ramp and stops. Doors to ambulance open. Agency Escorts proceed to place stretcher inside and doors are closed.

10:33 a.m. Agency Escorts move off to sides of ramp area.

10:35 a.m.. Pipe Drum Unit begins to play and proceeds to march up ramp followed by the Recovery Truck carrying the Stars and Stripes beam.

10:38 a.m. Pipe Drum Unit and Recovery truck reach ambulance and stop. All Agency Honor Guard proceeds to follow truck up ramp.

The "last load" which is the beam that was left standing, will be placed on a flat-bed truck and covered with an American flag.

10:39 a.m. Taps will be played by FDNY and NYPD buglers, followed immediately by NYPD traditional honor fly-by of police helicopters.

10:40 a.m. Order Arms announced (drop salute). Honor Guard continues to exit ramp.

10:42 a.m. America the Beautiful played by the Pipe Drum Unit.

10:44 a.m. Song ends. Ambulance, Pipe Drum Unit and Recovery truck slowly exit the site, turn right and proceed north along the West Side Highway to Canal Street.

10:46 a.m. Combined NYPD, FDNY, Port Authority Police Department Ceremonial Unit form a line across the top of the ramp, closing the site.

10:48 a.m. Ceremony Ends. Crowd may follow processional


• More than 3.1 million hours of labor were required to excavate the site.

• 1,640,707 tons of World Trade Center debris have been removed from ground zero— 190,568 in steel.

• The debris has been removed in 108,342 truckloads.

• More than 19,500 body parts have been collected among the trade center ruins.

• New York medical examiner has identified 1,092 victims.

• An additional 1,626 death certificates have been issued without a body, at the request of victims' families.

• New York police say 105 people are still classified as missing in the trade center attack.

FOX News Live coverage anchored by Shepard Smith begins at 10 a.m. ET on the Fox News Channel.