US commemorates 9-11 as its aftermath extends and evolves

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

The city's annual memorial ceremony, including the reading of the victims' names, will take place at the September 11th Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan.

The al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked commercial planes in a devastating co-ordinated attack and used them as missiles, both towers coming down within less than two hours after they were hit.

President Donald Trump has joined the military in observing a moment of silence at the Pentagon for the 18th anniversary of 9/11. Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Eighteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at ground zero, in Congress and beyond.

Former President George W. Bush will also attend a wreath laying at the site this afternoon. "And that's the piece that I think we get from being here", she said. "I want people to remember".

All those victims' names are read aloud at the Ground Zero ceremony, where moments of silence and tolling bells mark the moments when the aircraft crashed and the World Trade Center's twin towers fell.

The moment of silence is traditionally observed at 9:37 a.m. - the exact time when a plane crashed into the Defense Department's headquarters on September 11, 2001, killing 184 people.

Relatives of victims, police officers, firefighters and city leaders gathered at the National September 11 Memorial to mark the 18th anniversary of the deadliest single attack on United States soil.

This year's ceremony will be the first at which a new memorial will line the outside of the World Trade Center. The attacks' aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan.

The collapse of the World Trade Center produced thick dust clouds, and fires burned for months in the rubble.

During the ceremony, people covered the entire sidewalk from the Lexington Public Library all the way to City Center.

NY has honored the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11th in a solemn ceremony at Ground Zero where hijacked Al-Qaeda planes brought down the Twin Towers.

Others made a point of spotlighting the suffering of another group of people tied to the tragedy: firefighters, police and others who died or fell ill after exposure to the wreckage and the toxins unleashed in it.

Victims of the September 11th attacks were honored during another remembrance event in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing a law that would expand health insurance coverage to family members of city employees who died of September 11th related illnesses.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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