Washington, Sept 11: US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania observed one-minute silence at the White House in honour of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, as Americans are marking the anniversary of one of the nation’s most scarring days. The president and First Lady stood stoically on the White House South Lawn at 8:46 am EST when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Centre. This was Trump’s first presidential remembrance of the 9/11 terror attacks.
According to the White House, Donald Trump planned to participate in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are hosting a private observance for victims’ relatives there at 9:11 a.M. today. After the names are read at that ceremony, there’s a public observance, with a wreath-laying and remarks.
US Vice President Mike Pence is observing the solemn day in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed. Sixteen years later, the quiet rhythms of commemoration have become customs: a recitation of all the names of the dead, moments of silence and tolling bells, and two powerful light beams that shine through the night.
It’s on the rural field where one of the airliners crashed after passengers and crew fought to wrest control away from the terrorists who’d hijacked it and were heading for Washington. Construction continues at the Shanksville memorial, where the ground was broken Sunday for a 93-foot (28 meters) tall Tower of Voices to honour the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died. (With PTI inputs)