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US to commemorate 9/11 as its aftermath extends and evolves

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    FILE- In this May 15, 2015 file photo, visitors gather near the pools at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. As they have done 17 times before, a crowd of victims’ relatives is expected at the site on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 to observe the anniversary the deadliest terror attack on American soil. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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    FILE- In this Sept. 9, 2015 file photo, visitors look at the waterfalls at the World Trade Center Memorial in New York. As they have done 17 times before, a crowd of victims’ relatives is expected at the site on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 to observe the anniversary the deadliest terror attack on American soil. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Published September 11. 2019 05:42AM

NEW YORK — Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to “never forget” and rising attention to the terror attacks’ extended toll on responders.

A crowd of victims’ relatives is expected at ground zero Wednesday, while President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Former President George W. Bush, the commander-in-chief at the time of the 2001 attacks, is due at an afternoon wreath-laying at the Pentagon.

Eighteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at ground zero, in Congress and beyond. The attacks’ aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan. A rocket exploded at the U.S. embassy as the anniversary began in Afghanistan, where a post-9/11 invasion has become America’s longest war.

“People say, ‘Why do you stand here, year after year?’” Chundera Epps, a sister of Sept. 11 victim Christopher Epps, said at last year’s ceremony at the World Trade Center. “Because soldiers are still dying for our freedom. First responders are still dying and being ill.”

“We can’t forget. Life won’t let us forget,” she added.

The anniversary ceremonies center on remembering the nearly 3,000 people killed when hijacked planes rammed into the trade center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001. All those victims’ names are read aloud at the ground zero ceremony, where moments of silence and tolling bells mark the moments when the aircraft crashed and the trade center’s twin towers fell.

But there has been growing awareness in recent years of the suffering of another group of people tied to the tragedy: firefighters, police and others who died or fell ill after exposure to the wreckage and the toxins unleashed in it.

While research continues into whether those illnesses are tied to 9/11 toxins, a victims compensation fund for people with potentially Sept. 11-related health problems has awarded more than $5.5 billion so far. Over 51,000 people have applied.

After years of legislative gridlock, dwindling money in the fund and fervent activism by ailing first responders and their advocates, Congress this summer made sure the fund won’t run dry . Trump, a Republican and a New Yorker who was in the city on 9/11, signed the measure in July.

The sick gained new recognition this year at the memorial plaza at ground zero, where the new 9/11 Memorial Glade was dedicated this spring.

The tribute features six large stacks of granite inlaid with salvaged trade center steel, with a dedication “to those whose actions in our time of need led to their injury, sickness, and death.” No one is named specifically.

Some 9/11 memorials elsewhere already included sickened rescue, recovery and cleanup workers, and there is a remembrance wall entirely focused on them in Nesconset, on Long Island. But those who fell ill or were injured, and their families, say having a tribute at ground zero carries special significance.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon announced Monday that its 9/11 memorial will close next week for electrical and lighting work. The project, expected to take until late May, includes repairs to lighting glitches in the shallow reflecting pools under the memorial benches.

Sept. 11 is known not only as a day for remembrance and patriotism, but also as a day of service. People around the country continue to volunteer at food banks, schools, home-building projects, park cleanups and other charitable endeavors on and near the anniversary.

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Eighteen years ago, flights 11 and 175 became missiles for radical fundamentalists of the followers of Allah. It was their mission to kill innocent people, turning them in to torches, much like Emperor Nero did to the early Christians. Hate, in the name of Allah. Death to infidels. We allowed these pilots to enter our land, taught them to fly, and gave them jobs. In return for this, they turned on us. Have we learned anything? Have we?
These people of religion repeated Nero's use of people for candles (torches). This would be their witness to evil for all to see. These Radical Fundamental Muslims turned those towers and the people in them, into burning candles for the world to see. What have we learned? This day ought be a reminder that we need to secure the nation from further attacks... in every and all ways that we can. Have we learned anything?

May God Bless America
My post implies spiritual fortification as well as physical fortification, you my dear friend are the one responsible for hearing it as "Political".
Stop being such an idiot Joe, there's no room here today for your ignorant political posts.

Peace
Is this all you have DO/T2C (expelled for vulgar posts)? You should be polite & show respect to others. You should sue CNN & MSNBC because they enhance your mental dysfunction. You are half-baked to begin with and susceptible to fake news. You can not comprehend reality. You are being hijacked by fake news outlets that gin up your hatred. Keep it up. Attempt to impeach Trump because he has orange hair. Keep it up. Joke on you brudda.
On this solemn day DO and Joe, you can not set hatred aside. This indicates your high level of Trump Derangement Syndrome. AL rightly stated “This day ought to be a reminder that we need to secure the nation from further attacks...in every and all ways that we can.” That is fully correct. AL did not specifically mention the wall. You brought up the wall Joe. The irony is, Joe, that you reveal an understanding that the wall would help to keep out terrorists. You knew that right along. DO, you are crazy beyond belief. On this solemn day, you Joe, and you DO/T2C (previously expelled) can not display a minimal level of decency. Your above posts are on full display to all. You should be ashamed of yourself. Both of you (DO/T2C & Joe) are in dire need of a mental intervention. God Bless America, today and always.
Rambo,
We all look at this day in our own individual way, Joe in his way, DO in it's way, and the Al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahri in his unique way.
To mark the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the terror leader called on Muslims to attack U.S., European, Israeli and Russian targets in a speech.
We're all different.
And what is on trump’s mind today? Here’s a sample:

“In a hypothetical poll, done by one of the worst pollsters of them all, the Amazon Washington Post/ABC, which predicted I would lose to Crooked Hillary by 15 points (how did that work out?), Sleepy Joe, Pocahontas and virtually all others would beat me in the General Election In a hypothetical poll, done by one of the worst pollsters of them all, the Amazon Washington Post/ABC, which predicted I would lose to Crooked Hillary by 15 points (how did that work out?), Sleepy Joe, Pocahontas and virtually all others would beat me in the General Election....”

It’s all about him, and insults
Eighteen Years ago, the line between good and evil was once again crossed. That line wasn't geographic, governmental, or philosophical, that line is the one within each one of us. Our God given conscience will point out that line, and our own spirit dictates what we do with it, and why. That day in 2001, 19 men, in the spirit of self, stepped over that line in the name of Allah. Let us never forget that day, yet always remember that line, as it is found within each and every one of us. No man is perfect, no not one. We need to fight against the evil of man, and embrace the Truth, the Love, and the Way of God.

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