US to commemorate 9/11 today as terrorist attack's aftermath extends and evolves

Elias Hubbard
September 12, 2019

On Wednesday night, the skies of NY will be lit up with the Tribute in Lights, which is two beam of light that symbolize the Twin Towers.

Because of the passengers' revolt, the plane ultimately plummeted in the empty field just 20 minutes' flying time from Washington, D.C. Many believed that the White House was the intended target of Flight 93.

The ceremony is underway to remember the 40 passengers and crew who died after terrorists commandeered Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. In what has become an annual tradition, relatives began reading out the long list of those who were killed, saying a few words about those who died, in a ceremony that takes nearly four hours.

Vice President Mike Pence is the keynote speaker at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania. However, on Wednesday, in observance of the 18th anniversary, the museum will be closed to the public for the entire day.

Memories of the victims are now being handed down through generations.

"I will always believe that I and many others in our nation's capital were able to go home that day and hug our families because of the courage and selflessness of your families", said Pence, who was an in congressman at the time.

It has been 18 years since al-Qaida hijackers commandeered four US commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the USA are being commemorated today with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to "never forget", and by raising attention to the extended toll the co-ordinated attacks have taken on responders.

The tribute features six large stacks of granite inlaid with salvaged trade centre steel, with a dedication "to those whose actions in our time of need led to their injury, sickness, and death".

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The 9/11 Memorial Museum will be open exclusively to 9/11 community members on Wednesday from 7:30 a.m.to 8 p.m., with the entry at 6 p.m. That is the time when a hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower on September 11, 2001.

The names of the men, women and children killed as a result of the 9/11 attacks have been read aloud at the official 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York City every year.

President Donald Trump is attending an observance at the Pentagon.

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to "never forget" and rising attention to the terror attacks' extended toll on responders.

Witness at Ground Zero, another exhibition available, draws on the more than 500 pictures that were captured by French photographer and video director Stephane Sednaoui. Trump was then scheduled to head to the Pentagon where he was due to speak.

The anniversary ceremonies center on remembering the almost 3,000 people killed when hijacked planes rammed into the trade center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville on September 11, 2001.

Eighteen years after the deadliest attack on USA soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at Ground Zero, in Congress and beyond.

The nation is still grappling with the aftermath of 9/11.

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