Eighteen years on, U.S. mourns 9/11 victims

'We cannot forget': US marks 18 years since 9/11 attacks with somber ceremonies

'We cannot forget': US marks 18 years since 9/11 attacks with somber ceremonies

As New York City marks the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum will be live streaming the 9/11 commemoration ceremony Wednesday morning from Manhattan.

"Two years ago, on this occasion, I toured the memorial museum, and there, I took note of one of the possessions of a passenger that was recovered at the crash sight", Pence told a crowd during the 9/11 anniversary memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Former President George W. Bush, the commander-in-chief at the time of the 2001 attacks, is due at an afternoon wreath-laying at the Pentagon. "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.

"For what your loved ones did for my little family and countless others in our nation's capital that day, thank you", the vice president said.

Parboti Parbhu choked up as she spoke from the podium about her slain sister, Hardai. The effects are visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where the post-9/11 USA invasion has become America's longest war. The aim was to dislodge Afghanistan's then-ruling Taliban militants for harboring al-Qaida leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

After reading victims' names, Nicholas Haros Jr. used his turn at the podium to tear into Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota over her recent "Some people did something" reference to 9/11.

"Because I feel like if we don't come, they don't need to do it. Got that now?" he said to applause.

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Trump participated in a moment of silence Wednesday on the White House South Lawn with first lady Melania Trump and White House staff.

Lexington residents took time Wednesday to honor victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. All those victims' names are read aloud at the ground zero ceremony.

This spring, six granite slabs were installed in the memorial plaza, created to honor firefighters, police officers and others who died from exposure to toxins after the attacks.

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 so far.

The terrorists also flew two planes into the World Trade Center skyscrapers in NY and a fourth into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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.

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum, located in New York City, is the country's principal institution for learning about the events of that day, the implications and the aftermath. 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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