Remembering the 9/11 attacks, 18 years later

Remembering the 9/11 attacks, 18 years later”

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will lead a moment of silence at the White House at 8:40 a.m. ET, minutes before the first plane crashed into the Trade Center's north tower, before participating in an observance at the Pentagon.

Nicholas Haros Jr., donning a black T-shirt with the words "some people did something?" singled out the congresswoman and the other members of "the Squad" after reading the names of the dead, including his mother's, Frances Haros, at the ceremony.

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the coordinated terrorist attacks.

US President Donald Trump laid a wreath at the Pentagon, telling victims' relatives: "This is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss". "As I looked at the display through the glass, I was struck by the book's title and how perfectly it represented what the men and women of Flight 93 demonstrated that day 18 years ago". The last kiss. The last phone call. He says he wished he got to know his uncle and that he's "honored to be named after you". The third hit the Pentagon and the fourth, Flight 93, crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

While research continues into whether those illnesses are tied to 9/11 toxins, a victims compensation fund for people with potentially September 11-related health problems has awarded more than $5.5 billion United States so far. The effects are visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where the post-9/11 US invasion has become America's longest war. Trump had invited Afghan and Taliban leaders to Camp David, but abruptly announced via Twitter that he had canceled the previously-undisclosed summit. As the September 11 anniversary began in Afghanistan, a rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy just after midnight.

Eighteen years after the deadliest attack on USA soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at Ground Zero, in Congress and beyond. That's what "some people" did.

Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has said she didn't intend to minimize what happened on September 11, and she accused critics of taking her words out of context.

But those who fell ill or were injured, and their families, say having a tribute at ground zero carries special significance.

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. So did Debra Epps' plea for tighter gun laws.

"Because I feel like if we don't come, they don't need to do it. We can not forget", Bud Salter, who lost his sister, Catherine, said at ground zero.

The anniversary ceremonies center on remembering the almost 3,000 people killed when hijacked planes slammed into the trade center, the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania 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.

"It's interesting growing up in a generation that doesn't really remember it".

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