Tributes poured in across the U.S. on Wednesday as the country recognized the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
This week marks 18 years since nearly 3,000 people were killed in coordinated attacks that struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, plunging the U.S. into war in Afghanistan and later Iraq.
President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to watch in critical NC race Remembering 9/11: How the suicide attacks led to two vastly different wars Conservative strategist calls Steyer’s 2020 bid a ‘vanity run’ MORE and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpMeghan McCain defends Chrissy Teigen: ‘Since when is there something wrong with being a filthy mouthed wife?’ Legend and Teigen mock Trump for insulting them Trump slams ‘boring’ John Legend, ‘filthy mouthed’ Chrissy Teigen over criminal justice reform MORE hosted a ceremony at the White House that included a moment of silence for the victims of the attack, while leaders of the House and Senate led a concurrent ceremony at the Capitol.
Video of the event at the Capitol showed lawmakers singing “God Bless America” following the moment of silence.
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in the White House September 11 Remembrance Ceremony. pic.twitter.com/ZUkeH0e34p
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Flags at the White House and on federal buildings were lowered to half staff Wednesday in honor of the victims.
LIVE: White House flag flies at half-staff on the 18th anniv. of 9/11. https://t.co/OcHbuKKuri
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 11, 2019
A remembrance ceremony in New York City also featured members of the NYPD and other first responders, a nod to the scores of first responders who were sickened or killed attempting to rescue victims at Ground Zero shortly after the attacks.
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City officials lit up the New York skyline Tuesday night with two beams of light representing the fallen towers, an annual tribute to the landmark.
The future of such practices, however, is unclear following a New York Times report this week that found the beams of light endanger the lives of around 160,000 birds every year during the 9/11 remembrance ceremonies.
The moon passes through the Tribute in Light as it is illuminated over the skyline of lower Manhattan on the eve of the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York City #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #tributeinlight @Sept11Memorial #neverforget @onewtc @agreatbigcity pic.twitter.com/47PHLrKtCq
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Various top administration officials also recognized the 18th anniversary of the attacks on Wednesday.
“9/11 still haunts me. Almost 20 years later, I still reflect on that day & I’m resolved that we’ve got to get counterterrorism right,” Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill’s 12: 30 Report: Bolton out as national security adviser Bolton says he offered to resign night before Trump announced his firing Trump fires national security adviser Bolton MORE tweeted.
Today, our nation pauses to remember and honor those who fell on 9/11. Their memory will always be in the heart of every American and we will never forget the heroism and courage shown on that fateful day. pic.twitter.com/PyG0Aq8Zo0
— Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceRomney: Bolton firing ‘a huge loss’ for nation Trump fires national security adviser Bolton McCarthy defends military personnel staying at Trump resort MORE (@VP) September 11, 2019
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States lost nearly 3,000 people in the single deadliest terrorist attack in U.S. history. This was the worst attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor in 1941. pic.twitter.com/fQYdioNJ0T
— Deputy Secretary of Defense David L. Norquist (@DepSecDef) September 11, 2019