Trump pays tribute to 9/11 'true heroes' in Pennsylvania memorial visit

The passengers and crew were killed when the plane crashed into a field as they were attempting to fight off the hijackers who had commandeered the aircraft.

A total of 2,966 people died in the worst terror attack on USA soil when planes were flown into New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon in an atrocity planned by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Passengers and crew members phoned loved ones and learned that two planes had already struck the World Trade Center towers.

In line with tradition, 5 more moments of silence were observed, each marking a different event such as the falling of the towers, the crash of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the attack on the Pentagon. "Let's not trivialise them".

The last moments of the flight and the dialogues between the passengers, crew and hijackers in the process of struggle in the cockpit, had been released in 2006 in a courtroom the american on the occasion of the trial of the Frenchman Zacharias Moussaoui.

The 9/11 commemorations are by now familiar rituals, centered on reading the names of the dead.

"On September 11, 2001 9:33 AM, it was here that freedom took it's dramatic stand", Schweiker said.

Trump has sometimes awkwardly assumed the consoler role required of presidents in the course of his year-and-a-half in office.

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President Donald Trump himself is reportedly visiting the 9/11 memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, along with First Lady Melania Trump.

Addressing the crowd, Trump said: 'We are gathered to honor the memory of almost 3000 souls who were murdered on this day almost 17 years ago.

The attacks of September 11, 2001 that killed almost 3,000 dead in the United States, a huge majority in NY. This memorial is now a message to the world: "America will never, ever submit to tyranny", the president said. #NeverForget.' In a separate tweet, he added: '17 years since September 11th!' Months later, there was a botched pipe bombing in a subway passageway near Times Square. "They attacked the enemy, they fought until the very end and they stopped the forces of terror". The passengers who died in Shanksville have been hailed as heroes ever since. Researchers have documented elevated rates of respiratory ailments, post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses among people who spent time in the rubble.

The 9/11 Victims' Compensation Fund has paid out $US4bn to fund medical expenses for survivors of the terror attacks. This memorial is now a message to the world.

In a sign of how devastating the attacks were to the Big Apple, the Cortlandt Street subway station - left for years under mountains of debris - only reopened on Saturday.

The president was in his Trump Tower penthouse, four miles from the World Trade Centre, during the 2001 attacks.

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