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Remembering 9-11

Loved ones finish reading names of 9/11 victims

September 11, 2018 - 1:54 pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the commemoration of the Sept. 11 terror attacks

Relatives and friends of the people lost in the Sept. 11 terror attacks have finished reciting their names at a solemn ceremony at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Tuesday's ceremony to commemorate the 17th anniversary included moments of silence and tolling bells. Some of the youngest readers weren't born when their loved ones were killed.

Victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and dignitaries gathered to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Others have become sick or died from exposure to toxins released when the twin towers collapsed.

Margie Miller, whose husband Joel died in the attacks, went to the ceremony from her Long Island home. She said she felt Joel's presence at the memorial plaza. She called it her "holy place."

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Two young men who rescued a couple moments before a train slammed into their car have received a bravery award named for a flight attendant on one of the planes flown into the World Trade Center.

The couple, in their 70s, got stuck on the train tracks in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, during a Jan. 4 blizzard.

Ryan Saba and Ray Armstead were nearby in a pickup truck and heard a train approaching. They rushed to help the pair to safety with only seconds to spare.

A flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, Madeline Amy Sweeney was credited with discreetly and courageously providing ground crews key details about the unfolding terror attack.

The award in her memory is presented in Boston each Sept. 11.

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The man who informed President George W. Bush that America was under attack says 9/11 was a defining event for the nation and those who lived through it.

Former chief of staff Andrew Card told 9/11 families at the Massachusetts Statehouse on Tuesday that he whispered into the president's ear: "A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack."

Bush nodded slowly. At the time, he was speaking to schoolchildren in Sarasota, Florida.

It originally was thought that the first World Trade Center strike was a small-plane accident.

Days later, Card traveled with Bush to the trade center site.

After a meeting with relatives of missing firefighters and police officers, a woman handed the president her son's police badge.

Bush promised he would never forget. He carried the badge with him for the rest of his presidency.

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President Donald Trump has been viewing the Pennsylvania field that became a memorial after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Trump and first lady Melania walked to an overlook in Shanksville to look at the field where a commercial airliner crashed on Sept. 11, 2001. All 40 passengers and crew members aboard the plane were killed.

Trump addressed several hundred dignitaries and family members during a remembrance ceremony Tuesday.

It was his first visit as president to the Pennsylvania memorial site.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Sept. 11.

 

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