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On each anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, Americans gather at memorials and events across the country. They pause to remember the nearly 3,000 people who died in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania on that day. Besides the three memorials built at the sites where each attack took place, other U.S. cities and towns have created their own annual 9/11 events and constructed local memorials as reminders of the lives lost.
Here are some scenes from tributes in 2018:
In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, visitors walk through fields along the path to the Wall of Names memorial. They had just heard President Trump speak at the Flight 93 National Memorial. On the right, a woman pays her respects at the Wall of Names, which honors the 40 people killed there that day.
A helicopter flies by “The Tribute in Light” in the sky above the Lower Manhattan area of New York City. The two lights commemorate the Twin Towers that the terrorists attacked. The U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club (right) performs at the 17th annual September 11 observance ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial in Virginia. American Airlines Flight 77 struck the military headquarters on 9/11, killing 184 people.
At Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, a firefighter carries a fire hose with the names of the 343 firefighters who died on 9/11 trying to rescue victims trapped in New York’s Twin Towers. The event, called the Colorado 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb, takes place each year to remember those who died that day. A woman wipes away a tear (right) during the start of the event.
Two members of the New York City Fire Department look toward One World Trade Center through the open ceiling of the Oculus, part of the World Trade Center transportation hub in New York City. The ceiling window was opened just before 10:28 a.m., marking the moment that the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed on September 11. A person (right) walks through the 9/11 Empty Sky Memorial in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the sun sets.