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9/11 The 18th anniversary at Ground Zero NYC

Updated: Sep 12, 2019

By Wenyun Felicia Guo September 11th, 2019


Credit to NYT

Family members of the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 once again gathered Wednesday at the Ground Zero memorial site to mark the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Hundreds, including uniformed members of the NYPD, FDNY and Port Authority, turned out for the somber annual ceremony to honor those killed in the deadliest act of terrorism on US soil.

The ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial plaza remembers the 2,983 men, women and children killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and aboard Flight 93 with the reading of the victims’ names. The reading also includes the names of the six people killed in the 1993 WTC bombing.


8:50 a.m.

Donald Trump is marking his third 9/11 anniversary as president with a moment of silence as his frustration grows over what he calls the “endless war” in Afghanistan, where al-Qaida conceived the attacks.

It has been 18 years since al-Qaida hijackers commandeered four U.S. commercial airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Like Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Trump is marking the day with the war still raging.

Trump participated in a moment of silence Wednesday on the White House South Lawn with first lady Melania Trump and White House staff. He was going to the Pentagon afterward to honor the nearly 3,000 people who died in the largest attack on American soil.


8:45 a.m.

The commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks has begun at ground zero with a moment of silence and tolling bells.

Victims’ relatives and dignitaries were gathered on the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center in New York as the ceremony started at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday. That is the time when a hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center’s north tower on Sept. 11, 2001.

Then victims’ loved ones began reading the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed when a total of four hijacked planes crashed into the trade center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

President Donald Trump is attending an observance at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence is speaking at the 9/11 memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


12 a.m.

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to “never forget” and rising attention to the terror attacks’ extended toll on responders.



A crowd of victims’ relatives is expected at ground zero Wednesday. President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon.

Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Eighteen years after the deadliest terror attack on American soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at ground zero, in Congress and beyond.

The attacks’ aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where a post-9/11 invasion has become America’s longest war.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed when hijacked planes rammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Shanksville field on Sept. 11, 2001.



6 p.m.


State Senator Andrew Gounardes Hold Community 9/11 Vigils in Brooklyn to commemorate the 18th Anniversary of the tragic attacks of Sept 11, 2001. 

The first vigil took place at 6 p.m. in Marine Park in front of the Carmine Carro Community Center. The second vigil is at 7:30 p.m. in Bay Ridge at the American Veteran’s Memorial Pier, on Bay Ridge Avenue and Shore Road.

“Our community comes together each year to mark the events of September 11th. Together, we mourn those we lost and recommit ourselves to keeping their memories alive. As the years pass, it remains essential to remember and reflect on the events of that day and how it forever shaped our lives, our city, and our nation,” said Senator Andrew Gounardes.


Credit to Senator Andrew Gounardes's office