13 September, 2017
Americans are marking the anniversary of one of the nation's most scarring days known as 9/11 today. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service's 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America's National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years.
At least 1,000 members, rescuers, survivors, and officials gather at the ceremony every year. But, in an intense everything changed as a ball of fire was seen coming out of the side of one of the World Trade Center Towers; moments later cameras captured a second jet crashing into the second tower.
Meanwhile, at Ground Zero in NY, victims' relatives marked the anniversary by reading out the names of those who died. Later on, two bright and powerful light beams where the towers once stood, shines throughout the night in NY. Some have married, re-married, given birth, graduated, gotten news jobs, while for some, life hasn't changed at all since September 11, 2001.
"I hope this huge loss of human life would force people to think of the uniqueness of our planet - that there is no other place for us to live, but here", the lady said, overcome by emotion.
Westley and Yvonne Thomas from NY always wanted to come to the Flight 93 National Memorial for September 11 ceremonies.
At the White House, President Donald Trump, who is from NY, commemorated the anniversary by observing a moment of silence with his wife Melania Trump.
The ceremony started at 9:45 a.m., the time that federal investigators determined passengers chose to revolt against their four al-Qaeda hijackers, who ended up crashing the plane in a field 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
The Capitol, where Pence was at the moment of the attack, was the possible target of the hijacked Flight 93.
As always, New Yorkers took to social media to share images of the Tribute in Light, both on 9/11 and the day before, when the lights were tested. They can only attend. It was on this flight that 40 passengers and crew members courageously gave their lives to thwart a planned attack on the Nation's Capital.