President Trump speaks at September 11 ceremony in Pennsylvania

Frederick Owens
September 11, 2018

It is thought the terrorists who hijacked Flight 93 were planning to crash the plane into the White House but crashed en route.

Trump remembered the almost 3,000 people killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and aboard Flight 93, which went down in Shanksville.

People walk under an American flag inside the Oculus, part of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub in NY, on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Events will be held in the United States today to mark the 17th anniversary of the 11 September terrorist attacks.

Trump and his wife, Melania, traveled to the Flight 93 National Memorial from Washington and paused for a moment of reflection while overlooking the field where the plane crashed.

A stark reminder came not long after last year's anniversary: A truck mowed down people, killing eight, on a bike path within a few blocks of the World Trade Center on Halloween.

The passengers who died in Shanksville have been hailed as heroes ever since.

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There, they helped ring some of what will eventually be 40 aluminum chimes hung in what has been dubbed the Tower of Voices, one for each of those who died.

The last moments of the flight and the conversations between passengers, crew members and the hijackers fighting in the cockpit were broadcast in 2006 in a USA courtroom during the trial of Frenchman Zacarias Moussaoui. The 93ft tall structure features 40 wind chimes of different sizes.

At the Pentagon, Vice President Mike Pence recalled the heroism of service members and civilians who repeatedly went back into the Pentagon to rescue survivors.

The 9/11 commemorations are by now familiar rituals, centered on reading the names of the dead.

At 10:03 am on September 11, 2001, the moment when the Boeing jetliner crashed in an huge plume of smoke, the names of the victims will be read one by one.

Meanwhile, rebuilding continues. A subway station destroyed on 9/11 finally reopened Saturday. "We gather here", Pence said, "to ensure each succeeding generation knows the story of what happened that dark day, and understands why we must learn the lessons of 9/11 and remain ever vigilant in the defense of our nation and our people".

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