The U.S. is marking the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on Wednesday as it has in past years, with solemn ceremonies, mourning, volunteering, and reflection.
President Trump is expected to attend a commemoration event at the Pentagon, and former President George W. Bush will lay a wreath there on Wednesday afternoon. Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a fourth hijacked plane was brought down before attacking Washington, D.C. And family members of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks on New York City's World Trade Center towers will gather in lower Manhattan where the names of the dead will be read and bells tolled.
For the first time this year, the World Trade Center site will have a memorial dedicated to the first responders and others "whose actions in our time of need led to their injury, sickness, and death." The 9/11 Memorial Glade, dedicated this spring, includes stacks of granite inlaid with steel salvaged from the twin towers. It does not list any individual names. Peter Weber