US commemorates 9/11 on 17th anniversary

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Added On September 13, 2018

This year marks the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. 
 
Americans have commemorated the attacks with solemn memorials in major cities. 
 
World News reports.
 
In New York, a ceremony was held at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood.
   
Victims' names were read along with six pauses of silence to mark when three planes hit the two towers and the Pentagon, when a plane crashed in Pennsylvania, and when the two towers crashed to the ground.
 
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis watched on as a U.S. flag unfurled on one side of the Pentagon building during a separate ceremony at the U.S. Department of Defense near Washington D.C. 
   
Pence and Mattis also made remarks after the names of the 184 people who died were read.
   
U.S. President Donald Trump gave a speech in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, killing 40 on board.
   
Hundreds of people turned out for the event, despite the cold rainy weather.
   
In his speech, Trump hailed the heroism of the passengers, who retook control of the aircraft after learning about the hijackers' intentions. Trump told their relatives that "America will never forget what your loved ones did for all of us."
   
The September 11 attacks were the most deadly terrorist attacks ever on US soil.
 
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in 2001, after four civilian aircraft were hijacked and steered toward prominent U.S. buildings.