NY remembers 9/11 attacks, 18 years on

Remigio Civitarese
Сентября 12, 2019

On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Columbians and South Carolinians were urged to always remember and teach others about the sacrifices made that day in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. "I miss you", the automated voice said. That we were here for each other. Above is a livestream to view the memorial; below is a feed from the White House that is expected to feature audio of the vice president's remarks. All those victims' names are read aloud at the ground zero ceremony by loved ones - now, quite often, ones so young they knew their slain relatives barely or not at all.

"Uncle Joey, I wish I got to know you", Joseph Henry said of his uncle and namesake, firefighter Joseph Patrick Henry.

Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the third site where planes crashed on September 11, 2001, Vice President Mike Pence credited the crew and passengers who fought back against the hijackers with protecting him and others in the US Capitol that day.

"Because I feel like if we don't come, they don't need to do it".

Americans commemorated 9/11 with solemn ceremonies and vows Wednesday to "never forget" 18 years after the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

President Donald Trump laid a wreath at the Pentagon, telling victims' relatives there: "This is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss".

There will be moments of silence for when the hijacked planes crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon in Washington DC and for when United Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania after the passengers learned of the other events and attempted to seize control of the plane from the hijackers.

Victims' relatives and dignitaries were gathered on the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center in NY as the ceremony started at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday.

The nation is still grappling with the aftermath of 9-11 at ground zero, in Congress and beyond.

Almost 3,000 people were killed that day and thousands more were injured. In the years since, the number of people who have developed 9/11-related illnesses, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, continues to climb.

After years of legislative gridlock, dwindling money in the fund and fervent activism by ailing first responders and their advocates, Congress this summer made sure the fund won't run dry.

Attendees also remembered South Carolinians killed in the War on Terror and first responders who died in the line of duty since September 11, 2001.

Also attending the ceremony were Israeli relatives of 9/11 victims, United Airlines pilots, policemen and firefighters, JNF said.

September 11 has become known also as a day of service. People around the USA continue to volunteer at food banks, schools, home-building projects, park cleanups and other charitable endeavours on and near the anniversary.

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