US to mark 18th year since the 9/11 attacks

2019-09-11 at 12:45

US citizens are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to “never forget” and rising attention to the terror attacks’ extended toll on first responders.

A crowd of victims’ relatives is expected at ground zero today, while President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon.

Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site in Pennsylvania.

Eighteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at ground zero, in Congress and beyond.

The attacks’ aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where a post-9/11 invasion has become America’s longest war.

US peace talks with Taliban insurgents collapsed in recent days.

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

All those victims’ names are read aloud at the ground zero ceremony, where moments of silence and tolling bells mark the morning when the aircraft crashed and the trade center’s twin towers fell.

Sept. 11 is known not only as a day for remembrance and patriotism, but also as a day of service.

People around the U.S. volunteer at food banks, schools and parks and perform other charitable endeavours on and near the anniversary.