Today Marks The 16th Anniversary of 9/11

13 September, 2017, 16:02 | Author: Tabitha Byrd
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16 years after the moment American Airlines flight 11 struck the World Trade Center North Tower, silence still seeks to fill the void. It took 102 minutes for the World Trace Center towers to collapse, horrifying thousands across the city. American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia.

Westley, who served two tours in Vietnam, worked on constructing the World Trade Center and said he could not believe when the towers fell.

It was a sad day in our history, but it bears remembering because of the increasing threat we face from radicals around the world who want to do us harm today as much, if not more, than the perpetrators of 9/11.

Former Gov. George Pataki, in a radio interview Sunday, recalled the "feelings of absolute horror" he felt upon arriving at the site, but also the "tremendous pride" in seeing first responders and New Yorkers of all stripes rushing to offer aid.

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Americans commemorated 9/11 on Monday with tear-streaked tributes, a presidential warning to terrorists and appeals from victims' relatives for unity and hope 16 years after the deadliest terrorist attack on USA soil.

The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, initially was steered toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.

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"And those collective voices will echo in an infinitely changing harmony, making each (national park) visitor's experience both unique and timeless", said White, whose cousin, Louis Nacke II, was among the passengers who died in the September 11, 2001, crash.

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GettyThe al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out the attacks.

At 10:28 a.m. the north tower collapsed.

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesSmoke comes out from the west wing of the Pentagon building September 11, 2001 in Arlington, Va., after a plane crashed into the building and set off a huge explosion.

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