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16 Years Later, American Communities Commemorate 9/11

Here’s how people across America are marking the 16th anniversary of one of the darkest days in our country’s history.

9/11 Memorial

Monday is the 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. For Americans who are old enough to remember the day, there are still strong feelings about the attacks, and our country’s response in the wake of the violence that claimed nearly 3,000 lives and affected so many more.

The 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan will once again light up the night sky with two beams of light representing the twin towers of the World Trade Center rising straight through the clouds:

The Department of Defense will host a 9/11 memorial observance ceremony at 9:15am ET:

President Trump will attend the service. He will also hold a moment of silence and encourage other Americans to do so at 8:45am, around the time the first hijacked plane struck a tower of the World Trade Center.

Ari Fleischer, formerly President Bush’s press secretary, has continued a tradition of tweeting, minute by minute, what he and the president’s team were doing as the attacks unfolded. It’s a must-read account of the day.

Sixteen years after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center towers, a new and sprawling complex has been built in its place. One World Trade Center, the centerpiece of this complex, is the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building, and – as the center’s site notes – “already an iconic New York landmark.”