See the Tribute in Light on the 18th Anniversary of 9/11

See the Tribute in Light on the 18th Anniversary of 9/11

See the Tribute in Light on the 18th Anniversary of 9/11

A new state law passed in NY this year mandates that public schools allow a moment of silence to mark the anniversary.

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman gives a speech during a ceremony commemorating the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City, at the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza in Jerusalem on September 10, 2019.

Moments of silence were observed Wednesday at the exact minutes that the planes hit the two World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon as well as the crash in Pennsylvania.

"Because I feel like if we don't come, they don't need to do it". All those victims' names are read aloud at the ground zero ceremony by loved ones - now, quite often, ones so young they knew their slain relatives barely or not at all.

It has been 18 years since al-Qaida hijackers commandeered four US commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

This morning the families of 9/11 victims will gather at Ground Zero in New York City to mark the 18th anniversary of the terror attacks.

Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Like Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Trump is marking the day with the war still raging.

See the Tribute in Light on the 18th Anniversary of 9/11

People who were too young on 9/11 to even remember their lost loved ones, and others for whom the grief is still raw, paid tribute with wreath layings and the solemn roll call of the dead Wednesday as America marked the 18th anniversary of the worst terror attack on USA soil. Since then, 241 police officers and 204 firefighters have died from illnesses related to 9/11, Forbes.com reported.

There will be moments of silence for when the hijacked planes crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in NY and the Pentagon in Washington DC and for when United Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania after the passengers learned of the other events and attempted to seize control of the plane from the hijackers.

Like the families, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath of September 11.

Almost 3,000 people were killed that day and thousands more were injured. Over the summer, Congress made sure the fund won't run dry.

Retired FDNY firefighter and 9/11 first responder Rob Serra pauses at the 9/11 Memorial Glade, which honours the first responders who are sick or have died from exposure to toxins in the aftermath of the attacks and recovery efforts.

The political legacy of the 9/11 flowed into the ground zero ceremony, too.

September 11 is known not only as a day for remembrance and patriotism, but also as a day of service. People around the country volunteer at food banks, schools, home-building projects, park cleanups and other community events around the anniversary.