Eighteen years on, United States mourns 9/11 victims

Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville Pa. participate in a sunset memorial service on Tuesday Sept. 10 2019 as the nation prepares to mark the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 2001 attacks

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When he arrived at the Pentagon, he was greeted by Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

"As long as the city will gift us this moment, I will be here", Margie Miller, who lost her husband, Joel, said at the ceremony, which she attends every year.

The annual observance will begin at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Memorial Plaza adjacent to the Wall of Names, according to a press release, At 10:03 a.m., the moment Flight 93 crashed, the names of the passengers and crew members were read and Bells of Remembrance rung in their memory.

Trump participated in a moment of silence Wednesday on the White House South Lawn with first lady Melania Trump and White House staff.

Bush, the commander-in-chief at the time of the 2001 attacks, is due at an afternoon wreath-laying at the Pentagon.

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"I think an act of heroism just took place on that plane", then-Vice President Dick Cheney is reported to have said upon learning of the crash. In what has become an annual tradition, relatives began reading out the long list of those who were killed, saying a few words about those who died, in a ceremony that takes nearly four hours. "Standing here today at this lovely memorial, we all recall that bad day in 2001 and we honor the memory of the victims", US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said, according to a JNF statement.

The observance of the 18th anniversary of the 2001 terror attacks on the United States has begun at the site of the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville. A number of the readers were children who noted they had never met lost relatives - but said they loved them very much.

"Uncle Joey, I wish I got to know you", Joseph Henry said of his uncle and namesake, firefighter Joseph Patrick Henry.

"It's interesting growing up in a generation that doesn't really remember it". After passengers were alerted that hijacked Flight 77 had struck the Pentagon and Flights 11 and 175 had struck the World Trade Center towers, the passengers of Flight 93 voted to storm the cockpit.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum invited family members of the victims of the 2001 attack as well as a 1993 attack. Vice President Mike Pence is speaking at the 9/11 memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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While research continues into whether those illnesses are tied to 9/11 toxins, a victims compensation fund for people with potentially September 11-related health problems has awarded more than $5.5 billion U.S. so far.

A crowd of victims' relatives is expected at ground zero Wednesday.

Eighteen years after the deadliest attack on US soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at Ground Zero, in Congress and beyond.

Almost 3,000 people were killed when hijacked planes rammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Shanksville field on September 11, 2001. Those who spoke today say they're glad to see so many people still remembering 9/11 victims. More than 51,000 people have applied.

The sick also gained new recognition this year at the World Trade Center site, where a memorial glade was dedicated this spring.

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

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