9/11:The terrorist attack that sent shockwaves across the world

Faith Castro
September 13, 2017

Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty ImagesPolicemen and firemen run away from the huge dust cloud caused as the World Trade Center's Tower One collapses after terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the twin towers, September 11, 2001 in New York City.

You would be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn't remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard that the United States was under attack on that day 16 years ago.

"This trail is a 1,300-mile symbol of resiliency and character that links the World Trade Center in NY, the Pentagon in D.C. and the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville", said Rob Loughery, vice chairman of the Bucks County commissioners as he read from the resolution.

At 9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the west side of the Pentagon.

In between, relatives will read aloud the names of those killed at the Twin Towers, and also the names of those who died in the February 26, 1993, bombing of the World Trade Center. Once again the iconic "Tribute in Light" in New York City is shining brightly into the night sky and will continue to do so all-day. The attacks claimed the lives of 2,996 people, including the 19 terrorists.

Volunteer Hillary O'Neill, 16, had her own connection to 9/11: It's her birthdate.

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At 10:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into the ground in Somerset County, Pa.

The ceremony on the National Sept. 11 Memorial plaza in NY strives to be apolitical, allowing politicians to attend but not to speak.

Westley Thomas was in Manhattan on September 11, 2001.

Trump, a native New Yorker observing the anniversary for the first time as the country's leader, assured victims' families that "our entire nation grieves with you" and issued stern words to extremists.

The plane's target still remains unclear but theories refer to the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, or one of several nuclear power plants along the eastern seaboard.

These Americans had names, such as Mychal Judge, the Catholic priest who died in the collapse of the Twin Towers.

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