The US commemorates 9/11 on its 17th anniversary

Ceremonies to commemorate the 2,973 victims of the deadliest terror attack on American soil were attended Wednesday by the victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others. At ground zero in New York, a 335-foot-long skylight was to open to commemorate the 17th anniversary of 9/11 with the “Way of Light” at the moment that two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers. A new memorial site will honor the more than 8,000 of the first recovery and rescue responders, who later fell ill or died from exposure to the toxins released and other ailments. President Donald Trump and the first lady joined an observance at a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a new “Tower of Voices” was dedicated with a wind chime for each of the 40 people killed there, after passengers struggled with the hijackers. Vice President Mike Pence attended a ceremony at the Pentagon.

In Jerusalem, an annual ceremony was held at the 9/11 Living Memorial Monument in Ramot, attended by the US ambassador David Friedman and other diplomats, United Airlines pilots, firefighters and police officers, along with Israeli families who lost loved ones in the attack. It took place on Thursday since the date this year falls on the New Year festival.

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