While the US contends with the destruction caused by two ferocious hurricanes in three weeks, Americans also are marking the anniversary of one of the nation’s most scarring days…

Thousands of 9/11 victims’ relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected to gather Monday at the World Trade Centre to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

Sixteen years later, the quiet rhythms of commemoration have become customs: a recitation of all the names of the dead, moments of silence and tolling bells, and two powerful light beams that shine through the night.

Yet each ceremony also takes on personal touches. Over the years, some name-readers have added messages ranging from the universal (“the things we think separate us really don’t — we’re all part of this one Earth”) to the personal (“I love you and miss you. Go Packers!”).

“Thank you, New York, for continuing to honour the victims of 9/11 and the privilege of reading their names,” Judy Bram Murphy added last year. She lost her husband, Brian Joseph Murphy.

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Germaine Wilson, left, and her sister Marilyn Johnson, right, both of Queens borough of New York City, ring a chime in memory of their brother LeRoy Homer, Jr. during a “sound breaking” ceremony at the future site of the Tower of Voices on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at the future site of the structure at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. (Stephanie Strasburg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Nearly 3,000 people died

Nearly 3,000 people died when hijacked planes slammed into the trade centre, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001, hurling America into a new consciousness of the threat of global terrorism.

President Donald Trump, a native New Yorker observing the anniversary for the first time as the nation’s leader, is scheduled to observe a moment of silence at about the time the first airplane hit. The White House said he is to be joined by first lady Melania Trump.

He also planned to participate in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are hosting a private observance for victims’ relatives there at 9:11 a.m. Monday. After the names are read at that ceremony, there’s a public observance, with a wreath-laying and remarks.

Vice President Mike Pence and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke are scheduled to deliver remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville. It’s on the rural field where one of the airliners crashed after passengers and crew fought to wrest control away from the terrorists who’d hijacked it and were heading for Washington.

Paul Murdoch, Architect, Flight 93 National Memorial listens to the “Soundbraking” after ringing the C-4 chime at the future site of the Tower of Voices Flight 93 National Memorial, Shanksville, Pa. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (Todd Berkey/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)

Shanksville memorial

Construction continues at the Shanksville memorial, where ground was broken Sunday for a 93-foot (28 meters) tall Tower of Voices to honour the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died.

The ceremony amid the waterfall pools and lines of trees on the National Sept. 11 Memorial plaza strives to be apolitical: Politicians can attend, but since 2011, they haven’t been allowed to read names or deliver remarks.


This undated artist rendering provided by bioLINIA and Paul Murdoch Architects via that National Park Service shows a depiction of the completed Tower of Voices that will be part of the Flight 93 National Memorial. The 16th anniversary of United Flight 93s crash into a Pennsylvania field during the 9/11 terrorist attacks will mark the beginning of the end of a $46 million effort to transform the rural Pennsylvania crash site into a national memorial park. Ground was broken Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, on the final element of the memorial. The tower to be built near the parks entrance will feature 40 tubular metal wind chimes, one each for the 33 passengers and seven crew members who died. (bioLINIA and Paul Murdoch Architects via AP

Meanwhile, rebuilding and reimagining continues at ground zero

The third of four planned office towers is set to open next year; so is a Greek Orthodox church, next to the trade centre site, that was crushed by the South Tower’s collapse. Work toward a $250 million performing arts centre continues after a design was unveiled last fall.

Most recently, plans were announced this spring to transform a grassy clearing on the memorial plaza into a walkway and area dedicated to 9/11 rescue and recovery workers, including those who died of illnesses years after being exposed to smoke, dust and ash at ground zero.


This Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 photo shows a table containing the Walt Whitman poem “On the Beach at Night,” which is part of a new memorial being dedicated Monday, Sept. 11 on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, terror attacks. In addition to listing the 3,000 people killed that day, the town of Hempstead’s memorial will include the names of people who died from illnesses as a result of working on the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)
In this Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 photo, a piece of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center stands at a new memorial being dedicated Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, on the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks, in Point Lookout, N.Y. In addition to listing the 3,000 people killed on Sept. 11, the memorial will include the names of people who died from illnesses as a result of working on the rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)
This photo combination shows smoke from the smoldering remains of the World Trade Center rising over the skyline of Lower Manhattan, above, on Sept. 16, 2001, following the September 11 terrorist attacks, and a view from the same location nearly 16 years later on Sept. 5, 2017, with One World Trade Center at left. The Brooklyn Bridge is at right in both frames. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

 

Candles in memory of the passengers and crew of United Flight 93, are carried to the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)

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Author: ANA Newswire