Family Remembers 9/11 Terrorist Attack Victims on 17th Anniversary

September 11, 2018 - 10:40 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Americans will commemorate 9/11 with somber tributes, a new monument to victims and memorials around the country.

Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers, and others will gather Tuesday morning at the World Trade Center on the 17th anniversary of the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump plan to join an observance at the Sept. 11 memorial in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a new “Tower of Voices” was dedicated Saturday.

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Vice President Mike Pence will attend a ceremony at the Pentagon. Trump, a Republican and native New Yorker, took the occasion of last year's anniversary to issue a stern warning to extremists that “America cannot be intimidated.”

Nearly 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, when international terrorist hit home in a way it previously hadn’t. For many Americans, the attack still shapes American policy, politics and everyday experiences, even if it's less of a constant presence in the public consciousness.

The 9/11 commemorations are by now familiar rituals, centered on reading the names of the dead. But each year at ground zero, victims' relatives infuse the ceremony with personal messages of remembrance, concern, and inspiration.