Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to “never forget” and rising attention to the terror attacks’ extended toll on responders.
The commemoration of the 18th anni of the September 11 terror attacks will begin at the World Trade Center in New York with a moment of silence and tolling bells.
Victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and dignitaries were gathered on the memorial plaza where the twin towers once stood as the ceremony started, at the time when a hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center’s north tower.
Then victims’ loved ones will read the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed when 4 hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001.
The sick gained new recognition this year at the memorial plaza at ground zero, where the new 9/11 Memorial Glade was dedicated this Spring.
The tribute features 6 large stacks of granite inlaid with salvaged trade center steel, with a dedication “to those whose actions in our time of need led to their injury, sickness, and death.” No one is named specifically.
A crowd of victims’ relatives is expected at ground zero Wednesday, while President Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon.
Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
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