Americans commemorate 9/11 with sad ceremonies, volunteering, a call to "never forget" and increasing attention to the extensive toll of the terrorist attacks on respondents.
A crowd of relatives of victims is expected on Wednesday zero, while President Donald Trump is scheduled to participate in a celebration at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Former President George W. Bush, the supreme commander at the time of the 2001 attacks, must lay an afternoon wreath on the Pentagon.
Hundreds gather at Ground Zero in New York City to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 horror attacks
Family members of some of the dead will visit Ground Zero on Wednesday, where each victim's name is read and toll bells are the moments when two hijacked planes crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center
Eighteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American territory, the nation continues to struggle with the aftermath on ground zero, in Congress and beyond. The aftermath of the attacks is visible from airport checkpoints to Afghanistan. A rocket exploded at the American embassy when the jubilee began in Afghanistan, where an invasion after 9/11 has become America's longest war.
"People say, & # 39; Why are you standing here year after year? & # 39;" Chundera Epps, a sister of Sept. 11 victim Christopher Epps, said at the World Trade Center last year's ceremony. "Because soldiers are still dying for our freedom. First responders are still dying and sick."
"We can't forget. Life won't let us forget," she added.
The anniversary ceremonies focus on remembering the nearly 3,000 people who were killed when planes hijacked the commercial center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville on September 11, 2001. the moments when the plane crashed and the two towers of the trade center fell with silence and bells.
Firefighters and police pictured above going through a rehearsal before the start of the ceremonies on Wednesday, September 11
New York City firefighters salute in front of a memorial on the side of a fire station next to One World Trade Center and the 9/11 Memorial site during ceremonies on the 18th birthday of 9/11 on Wednesday
But in recent years there has been a growing awareness of the suffering of another group of people associated with the tragedy: firefighters, police and others who died or became ill after exposure to the wreck and the toxins released into it.
While research is continuing on whether those diseases are bound to 9/11 toxins, a compensation fund for people with possibly September 11 related health problems has so far awarded more than $ 5.5 billion. More than 51,000 people have applied.
After years of legislative stalemate, declining money in the fund and fiery activism by emergency responders and their advocates, Congress this summer ensured that the fund would not remain empty. Trump, a Republican and a New Yorker who was in town on 9/11, signed the measure in July.
The police are on guard for the start of the ceremonies at the National September 11 Memorial on September 11, 2019
Police and bagpipers saw an early morning rehearsal before the early Wednesday morning ceremony
Sam Pulia and his grandson Sammy Pulia place American flags next to the name of a family member who was a firefighter who was killed in the terrorist attacks at the National Memorial September 11 on September 11, 2019
The sick received new recognition this year at the memorial square on zero, where the new 9/11 Memorial Glade was inaugurated this spring.
The tribute consists of six large piles of granite inlaid with salvaged trade center language, with a dedication "to those whose actions in our time of need have led to their injury, illness and death." No one is mentioned specifically.
Some 9/11 memorials elsewhere already include pathogenic rescue, recovery, and clearers, and there is a wall of remembrance that is completely focused on them in Nesconset, Long Island. But those who fell ill or were injured, and their families, said that having a tribute on ground zero has a special meaning.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced on Monday that its 9/11 memorial will close next week for electrical and lighting work. The project, which is expected to last until the end of May, includes repairs to lighting slits in the shallow reflecting pools under the memorial benches.
September 11 is not only known as a day for commemoration and patriotism, but also as a day of service. People all over the country continue to do volunteer work at food banks, schools, housing projects, clean up parks and other charitable efforts on and near the anniversary.
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