"As we remember all of the lives lost from that horrific attack 18 years ago today, let us do not forget to not allow this type of violence to divide us, but to stand united".
Al-Qaeda's current leader used the anniversary to call for more attacks on the U.S. and other targets.
People who were too young on 9/11 to even remember their lost loved ones, and others for whom the grief is still raw, paid tribute with wreath layings and the solemn roll call of the dead Wednesday as America marked the 18th anniversary of the worst terror attack on USA soil. "We love you, we miss you and you will always be America's heroes", said one woman after reading out the names of her brother and cousin.
People place flags into the engraved names at the edge of the south reflecting pool during ceremonies commemorating the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, in NY.
Relatives of victims, police officers, firefighters and city leaders gathered at the National September 11 Memorial to mark the 18th anniversary of the deadliest single attack on United States soil.
He then was heading to a commemoration at the Pentagon.
While research continues into whether those illnesses are tied to 9/11 toxins, a victims compensation fund for people with potentially September 11-related health problems has awarded more than $5.5 billion USA so far.
Bush, the commander-in-chief at the time of the 2001 attacks, is due at an afternoon wreath-laying at the Pentagon.
Nicholas Haros Jr. wants Rep. Ilhan Omar and "the Squad" to know exactly who those "some people" are that perpetrated the "something" that took the life of his mom - and almost 3,000 other people - 18 years ago. Our constitutional freedoms were attacked, and our nation's founding on Judeo-Christian principles were attacked.
This year's ceremony is significant as it will be the first one to take place at the new memorial, the New York Post reported. Over 51,000 people have applied. The memorial was erected in the spring in honor of the firefighters, police officers, and others who died of 9/11-related toxins after the attack. People around the country continue to volunteer at food banks, schools, home-building projects, park cleanups and other charitable endeavours on and near the anniversary.