Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

United States pays tribute to 9/11 victims

United States pays tribute to 9/11 victims

Trump, a native New Yorker who was in the city on 9/11, said the attack was worse than the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor during World War II because it targeted civilians.

Americans commemorated 9/11 on Monday with tear-streaked tributes, a presidential warning to terrorists and appeals from victims' relatives for unity and hope 16 years after the deadliest terrorist attack on US soil.

He also observed a moment of silence at the White House before laying a wreath and delivering remarks at the Pentagon, where 184 people died.

Trump also offered words of comfort the many whose loved ones perished in the attacks.

"They can come here and see this attractive tribute, and they can walk through the visitor's center to learn about what happened that day", she said. "And it did not matter what color you were or where you were from", said a tearful Magaly Lemagne, who lost her brother, Port Authority of NY and New Jersey police officer David Lemagne.

In Trump's native NY, at Ground Zero, there was a minute's silence at 8:46 am (1246 GMT), the moment the first of two hijacked airliners struck the World Trade Center.

When America is united, "no force on earth can break us apart", he said.

Even as the annual September 11 commemoration turns into something of a ritual, many are using it as a means to reflect and pray that the world, fraught with violence and the perils of extremism, will witness a period of peace and harmony.

Pence tells the crowd he was in Washington as a member of Congress on 9/11. It should be completed in time for the 17th anniversary of 9/11. "It's where I get my strength".

Fast forward 16 years later, and the America now seems galaxies removed from the America we knew in the days before and after 9/11 - much more division, much less hope. Another moment of silence marked the moment the second plane hit the south tower at 9:03am. Defence secretary Jim Mattis and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Joseph Dunford were present at the ceremony held on Monday morning for the relatives of the victims.

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