Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Tribute In Light Returns For 16th Anniversary Of September 11 Attacks

Tribute In Light Returns For 16th Anniversary Of September 11 Attacks

Almost 3,000 people were killed when planes hijacked by terrorists hit the trade center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville on September 11, 2001, hurling America into a new consciousness of the threat of global terrorism.

Westley was in Manhattan on September 11, 2001, and Yvonne, a choreographer, was supposed to be at a rehearsal at the World Trade Center, but she overslept on September 11, 2001.

The "Tribute in Light" shined once again as a memorial to the victims in the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were flown into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City.

A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, leading to a partial collapse of the building's western side. Yvonne said that the Flight 93 ceremony has a calm about it that they do not see at the New York City ceremony.

For hours on this anniversary, three sites observed the moments 2,977 people died.

A fourth California-bound plane - United Flight 93 - was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesU.S. President George W. Bush sits at his desk in the Oval Office after addressing the nation about the terrorist attacks on NY and Washington, D.C.

Westley Thomas, who did two tours in Vietnam, worked on the World Trade Center construction.

Trump, a native New Yorker observing the anniversary for the first time as the country's leader, assured victims' families that "our entire nation grieves with you" and issued stern words to extremists.

Westley, who served two tours in Vietnam, worked on constructing the World Trade Center and said he could not believe when the towers fell.

An estimated loss of $123 billion was incurred as the twin towers collapsed and it took $60 billion to undo the damage that had been caused from the collapse of the towers to the nearby buildings and subway facilities.

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