Moment of silence, tolling bells and Trump mark 18th anniversary of 9/11 terror attack

Bells tolled across New York City and a moment of silence was observed across much of the nation Wednesday at 8:46 a.m. ET to mark the time the first plane struck as America commemorates the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

President Donald Trump joined a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House, with guests that included 9/11 survivors and family members, as well as current and former law enforcement personnel.

In New York, the names of the almost 3,000 victims were being solemnly read at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. The reading began after 8:46 a.m., the time in 2001 when Flight 11 struck the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Intermittent moments of silence marked the time of impact for the second Ground Zero plane, the moments when each tower collapsed, and the impact times for the planes that struck the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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The New York ceremony is open only to family members of victims, but the event will be streamed on Facebook. The memorial will open to the public later in the day.

Sights and sounds of this day in 2001, when America suffered the worst terrorist attack on its soil. (Sept. 11)
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In Shanksville, the observance will begin at 9:45 a.m. at the Flight 93 Memorial Plaza. At 10:03 a.m. – the moment Flight 93 crashed – the names of the passengers and crew members will be read and the Bells of Remembrance will be rung in their memory. A wreath will then be placed at the Wall of Names at the site.

At the Pentagon Memorial, survivors and families of the 184 people who died there will mark the anniversary in a private ceremony from 9:30-11 a.m. Trump is scheduled deliver remarks. The public can visit the memorial after the ceremony is concluded.

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