United States marks 17th anniversary of 9/11attacks

Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville Pa. participate in a sunset memorial service on Monday Sept. 10 2018 as the nation marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 2001 attacks

Flight 93 was hijacked on that day in 2001, and the newly-dedicated Tower of Voices now stands in the field where the aircraft crashed.

In all, almost 3,000 people were killed on september 11, 2001, when terrorists hijacked a total of four commercial planes and flew them into the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania field.

Calling it "the moment when America fought back", Trump said the fallen "took control of their destiny and changed the course of history".

How hard is it to write a thoughtful message to the families of those lost in the attack, thank the first responders, encourage America, or at the very very least, not pump your fists?

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation's biggest city.

"We wanted to do, I'll call it a living memorial in sound, because the last memory of numerous people on the plane were through their voices on phone calls", said Paul Murdoch, USA Today reports.

"We honor their sacrifice by pledging to never flinch in the face of evil and to do whatever it takes to keep America safe", Trump said.

In all, four planes were hijacked by Al-Qaeda militants who used them to topple the trade center's twin towers and hit the Pentagon.

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The story of the doomed flight - which was meant to head from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco - has been the subject of several films including "United 93" by director Paul Greengrass.

With 2,996 people killed and more than 6,000 injured, the attacks remain the deadliest ever on USA soil.

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Today is the 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, an occasion of sadness for most Americans - but not for President Donald Trump.

All 59 passengers and crew aboard the flight were killed, along with another 125 personnel working in the Pentagon. Organizers of the ground zero ceremony allow politicians to attend, but they've been barred since 2011 from reading names or delivering remarks.

President Trump is expected to attend a memorial ceremony Tuesday in Shanksville.

A total of nearly 3,000 people were killed on September 11, 2001.

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