9/11 - 16 years on

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Postby Wayne » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:04 am

It has been 16 years since 9/11

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It has been 16 years since one of the most devastating days in US history – a day which sparked more than a decade of relentless international conflict.

Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are gathering at the World Trade Centre today to remember what remains the deadliest attack on American soil.

After 16 years, the quiet rhythms of commemoration have become well known customs – a recitation of all the names of the dead, moments of silence, tolling bells, and two powerful light beams that shine through the night.

But each ceremony has personal touches, too. Over the years, some name-readers have added messages, ranging from the universal – ‘The things we think separate us really don’t – we’re all part of this one Earth’ – to the personal, such as ‘I love you and miss you. Go Packers!’

Last year, Judy Bram Murphy added: ‘Thank you New York for continuing to honour the victims of 9/11 and the privilege of reading their names.’ She lost her husband, Brian Joseph Murphy, in the attack.

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Almost 3,000 people died when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Centre skyscrapers, the Pentagon, and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

President Donald Trump, a native New Yorker, is marking the anniversary for the first time as the country’s leader today.

He is scheduled to observe a moment of silence at around the time the first aeroplane hit the towers. The White House has said he will be joined by First Lady Melania Trump.

Trump is also expected to take part in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are hosting a private observance for victims’ relatives there at 9.11am local time.

After the names are read out at that ceremony, there will be a public observance with a wreath-laying and public addresses.

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Vice President Mike Pence and US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke are going to deliver remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville. It’s on the rural field where one of the planes crashed after passengers and crew fought to wrest control away from the terrorists who had hijacked it, and were heading for Washington DC.

Construction is ongoing at the Shanksville memorial, where a 93ft tall Tower of Voices will be built to honour the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died.

The ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial plaza in New York aims to be apolitical. Although politicians can attend, they haven’t been allowed to read names or deliver remarks since 2011.

Despite this, last year’s 15th anniversary ceremony became entangled in the fractious presidential campaign when Hillary Clinton left abruptly, stumbled into a van, and later revealed that she had been diagnosed with pneumonia just days earlier.

Trump used the incident to bolster his claims that Clinton lacked the stamina required for the presidency, and used the footage of her staggering out of the ceremony in one of his campaign ads.

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The President often invokes his memories of 9/11 to highlight his hometown’s resilience and responders’ bravery.

Some of his recollections, however, have raised eyebrows.

Particularly disturbing and contentious were his claims that ‘thousands of people were cheering’ in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the towers fell – referring to the city’s Muslim population. There is no evidence that American-Muslims celebrated the attacks in any way.

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Meanwhile, rebuilding and reimagining continues at Ground Zero.

The third of four planned office towers is on course to open next year, as is a Greek Orthodox church next to the World Trade Centre that was crushed by the South Tower’s collapse.

Work towards a $250million (£190million) performing arts centre also continues, after a design was unveiled last autumn.

Plans were also announced this spring to transform a grassy clearing on the memorial plaza into a walkway and area dedicated to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, including those who died of illnesses years after being exposed to smoke, dust and ash at Ground Zero.

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The most infamous act of terrorism in my lifetime that I think I'll ever see.

The loss of life was iimmeasurable.

We had terrorism before 9/11 but it was definitely the beginning of a change in the world.
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Postby Nippian93 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:13 am

R.I.P. to all the victims.

The world changed forever on that day.
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Postby MusicRecords » Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:17 am

I was too young back then but now living in NYC, it's still surreal to walk by the new tower and the memorial...
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Postby spiritboy » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:51 am

I remember the scene on tv as it was yesterday. It was really shocking and me and my family couldn't do anything but stuck on watching the news as it unraveled. The second plane crashed while we were watching and it was so surreal it was like a movie scene. Unfortunately, it wasn't. RIP to all the victims.
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Postby menime123 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:31 am

Let’s all hope it’s the worst act of western terrorism we see in our life times. I dread to think what would happen in the world if something similar happened again.

As already stated, terrorism existed before this event but this was a game changer and brought us all into a new era of terror. It saddens me deeply that despite the world pulling itself together and carrying on, things had to change after this and in doing so, allowed the terrorists a victory of sorts - their actions changed our way of living and the repercussions are still being felt today - just look at Trump, his statements and his administration.

The images of the towers - as posted above - are so emotive, even after 16 years. I assume that for anyone around the world who witnessed it unfold, it will always evoke great sadness and never lose its impact.
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Postby stevyy » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:03 pm

it saddens me deeply that this one terror attack - altho incredibly vile and horrible - caused the USA to inavde 2 Middle Eastern countries, killing at least 10 times as many civilians (not terrorists) than those who died in New York City.

Lies and conspiracies would eventually be the root for ISIS to spread across the Middle East, killing an even larger number of people.

To imagine that post WW2, so many people died at the hands of the west and terrorists alike is quite nauseating. We still haven't learned how to live with each other... so every single one of those who died in 2001, died for exactly nothing...
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Postby SeeForever » Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:27 pm

By far the worst thing I've seen in my life something you'll never forget, RIP to all those poor people, and of course that includes the ones at the Pentagon and the brave passengers who died stopping the terrorists on Flight 93

Bin Laden got what he wished that day he did indeed change the world forever
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Postby MusicRecords » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:57 am

SeeForever wrote:By far the worst thing I've seen in my life something you'll never forget, RIP to all those poor people, and of course that includes the ones at the Pentagon and the brave passengers who died stopping the terrorists on Flight 93

Bin Laden got what he wished that day he did indeed change the world forever
Random, but was your username inspired from the new WTC observatory? Just wondering cause their slogan for the new tower observation deck on floor 100+ is "See Forever" :wink:
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