9/11 Commemoration Ceremony takes place at Ground Zero
The annual 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero — in which the names of nearly 3,000 people who died in the terror attacks 18 years ago — started solemnly Wednesday morning in New York City, where an updated memorial now also honors those who died of related illnesses.
For the first time, this was done in the presence of a new, bittersweet section of the Ground Zero memorial — one honoring the growing list of first responders who’ve passed away from illnesses diagnosed in the aftermath of the attacks.
President Trump is set to mark the anniversary with a ceremony at the Pentagon, where former President George W. Bush is also expected to lay a wreath.
Vice President Mike Pence will attend a memorial at the United Airlines Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
As this 18th anniversary is commemorated, the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged mastermind, is inching closer.
He and four other men will face war crimes charges at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba beginning in early 2021, a US military judge said Friday.