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Americans Remember September 11, 2001

2017-09-12

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  • On the morning of September 11, 2001, terrorists connected to al-Qaida hijacked four passenger airplanes.
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  • They flew two of them into the World Trade Center, known as the “Twin Towers,” in New York City and another into the Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia.
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  • The Pentagon is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
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  • Just a few minutes later, passengers on the fourth airplane took control from hijackers and crashed their airplane into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
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  • The plane was thought to be heading for Washington.
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  • The attacks killed more than 3,000 people.
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  • On Monday morning, President Donald Trump led a moment of silence at the White House and spoke at a memorial service at the Pentagon.
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  • At the memorial service, Trump said “the terrorists who attacked us thought they could incite fear and weaken our spirit…But America cannot be weakened.”
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  • Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Shanksville in the state of Pennsylvania to attend a service there.
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  • During the day, Twitter users wrote about September 11 using the hashtags #NeverForget and #September11.
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  • “World Trade Center” was also a trending topic.
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  • Some people wrote about their own experiences that day.
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  • Others posted photos and videos of the memorials and memorial services.
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  • A New York City police officer rang a bell where the Twin Towers once stood at 10:28 a.m.
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  • That is the time when one of the towers fell 16 years ago.
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  • At the same time, sunlight brightened an atrium at the new World Trade Center.
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  • The building is designed to let a strip of light in at 10:28 a.m. each September 11.
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  • The feature is known as “The Oculus.”
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  • At the memorial, family members of the victims read their names out loud.
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  • Sara Clarke is a journalist in Washington, D.C. She posted a photo of the memorial in Shanksville.
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  • She was in Pennsylvania on September 11 last year.
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  • Recent U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton all used Twitter to recognize the anniversary of the attacks.
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  • Bush called for remembering “lives stolen,” Clinton called the rescue workers who helped save many lives that day “heroic” and Obama wrote: “No act of terror will ever change who we are.”
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