While the attacks happened at the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon across the Potomac River from Washington and a lonely field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the entire nation — and indeed the world — absorbed the horror of airliners being turned into weapons.
Demonstrating the enduring legacy of that day in 2001, here are some of the places holding observances around the United States on the 18th anniversary of 9/11:
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
This is the Tribute in Light from 2018. The rousing lights will shine again in 2019.
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The most shocking images and loss of life came at the World Trade Center complex — and the site became holy ground for many Americans.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum opened in 2014 in the same location and today is the main national gathering site documenting the events of 9/11.
The memorial and museum will be reopen the public at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
And public is invited to the Tribute in Light that will shine upward from the 9/11 Memorial Plaza, which will be open until midnight. The museum’s website says „the lights will be on beginning at sunset on September 11 and will fade away at dawn on September 12.“
Elsewhere in New York
St. Paul’s Chapel wasn’t damaged during the 9/11 attack and was an important rescue staging area in the hours and days afterward. You can see the new One World Trade Center soaring in the background.
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New York will never forget that day. Here is a small sampling of the many observances being held (all times are local):
And from 7:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., the Port Authority will fly what it says is the world’s largest free-flying flag at the George Washington Bridge, part of Interstate 95 that connects upper Manhattan and New Jersey.
Washington, D.C., area
The Pentagon Memorial features 184 empty benches dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attack there.
At the Pentagon, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the building, the potent symbol of US military might.
Other observances include:
The visitor Center and viewing platform at the 9/11 memorial for Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Thanks to bravery of passengers on Flight 93, the fourth hijacked airline never made it to Washington and instead crashed into a field near Shanksville.
Elsewhere in the United States
Showing how far and wide 9/11 reached in distance and time, here is a small list of the many types of ceremonies and observances being held across America: