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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump observed a moment of silence in the White House on Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

Donald and Melania Trump observe 9/11 moment of silence at the White House while the nation's heartbeat pauses to recall the deadliest terrorist attack on American territory

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Donald and Melania Trump were on Wednesday with hands on their hearts and led the White House staff in a moment of silence on the South Lawn to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Standing like stone pillars while a buler & # 39; Taps & # 39; the first pair spent only a few minutes on compliance. They will go to the Pentagon for a separate memorial to the Americans who died there on September 11, 2001.

Memories of the deadly attacks are an annual transshipment in the nation's heartbeat, concentrating older Americans on the day when the nation stood in awe when thousands died in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump observed a moment of silence in the White House on Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump observed a moment of silence in the White House on Wednesday to mark the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

White House guests for the short, solemn ceremony were staff and military assistants, survivors of the 9/11 attacks, and relatives of those who lost their lives

White House guests for the short, solemn ceremony were staff and military assistants, survivors of the 9/11 attacks, and relatives of those who lost their lives

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White House guests for the short, solemn ceremony were staff and military assistants, survivors of the 9/11 attacks, and relatives of those who lost their lives

Wednesday morning an American flag was draped over the Pentagon building at sunrise; 184 people were killed there on September 11, 2001 when terrorists crashed a plane into the building

Wednesday morning an American flag was draped over the Pentagon building at sunrise; 184 people were killed there on September 11, 2001 when terrorists crashed a plane into the building

Wednesday morning an American flag was draped over the Pentagon building at sunrise; 184 people were killed there on September 11, 2001 when terrorists crashed a plane into the building

For millennials who later became adults, the annual break focuses on a & # 39; Never Forget & # 39; historical blip that they only know through video & # 39; s, school assignments and – for some – painful family histories.

The flag on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue flew Wednesday at half-staff and military personnel assigned to the White House saluted.

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No word was spoken.

The Trumps folded hands while a bell struck three times, once for each aircraft that a terrorist struck against a tower of the World Trade Center in New York, and once for the aircraft another hijacked team in the Pentagon.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks in a separate 9/11 memorial service near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where tortured passengers of a doomed aircraft took control of their own aircraft from armed Muslim militants and crashed in place of the White House to hit or the Capitol.

Smoke rose from the burning double towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 after terrorists crashed their hijacked commercial planes into the skyscrapers of New York City

Smoke rose from the burning double towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 after terrorists crashed their hijacked commercial planes into the skyscrapers of New York City

Smoke rose from the burning double towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 after terrorists crashed their hijacked commercial planes into the skyscrapers of New York City

The deadly Pentagon crash site was visible for months after the 9/11 attacks in 2001; The terrorist attack caused great damage on the west side of the building
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The deadly Pentagon crash site was visible for months after the 9/11 attacks in 2001; The terrorist attack caused great damage on the west side of the building

The deadly Pentagon crash site was visible for months after the 9/11 attacks in 2001; The terrorist attack caused great damage on the west side of the building

In New York, a more elaborate annual ceremony was marked by an extensive reading of names of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks.

The commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks has begun on ground zero with a moment of silence and toll bells.

Eighteen years after the most deadly terrorist attack on American territory, the nation is still struggling with the aftermath to zero, in Congress and beyond.

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The effect is visible from the airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where an invasion after 9/11 has become America's longest war.

White House guests on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks

THE FAMILY MEMBERS OF VICTIMS

  • Kathy Ashton, mother of Tommy Ashton, 95th floor of North Tower
  • John Ashton, father of Tommy Ashton, 95th floor of North Tower
  • Gail Eagleson, wife of Bruce Eagleson, manager Westfield Mall, last seen assisting port authority police
  • Brett Eagleson, son of Bruce Eagleson, Westfield Mall Manager, last seen assisting port authority police
  • Lisa Friedman, wife of Andrew Friedman, 92nd floor of North Tower
  • Chris Ganci, son of Peter J. Ganci, FDNY department head
  • Patricia Kellet, wife of Joe Kellet, North Tower
  • Kathy Wisniewski, wife of Alan Wisnieswski, North Tower
  • Alice Hoagland, mother of Mark Bingham, hero of flight 93
  • Loreen Sellitto, mother of Matthew Sellitto, North Tower
  • Terry Strada, mother of Tom Strada, 104th floor in North Town
  • Kaitlyn Strads, daughter of Tom Strada, 104th floor in North Town
  • Debra Burlingame, Sister or Cpt. Chic Burlingame pilot from AA77, Pentagon
  • Debra Ann Basham, wife of Todd Rancke, North Tower, 104th floor

SURVIVORS

  • Tim Frolich, Survivor, 80th floor of South Tower
  • Sharon Premoli, Survivor, North Tower 80th floor
  • Retired law enforcement
  • Ken Williams, FBI, author of the Phoenix Memo, now works for 9/11 Families
  • Bassem Youssef, FBI, now works for 9/11 Families

ADDITIONAL ATTENDES

  • James P. Kreindler, Esquire
  • Pamela Bondi, Esquire

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