- By Cox Media Group National Content Desk
It will be a day forever etched in the collective minds of the nation, when a quiet September morning was shattered after hijackers took control of four planes, crashing them into New York’s World Trade Center towers; the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia; and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Seventeen years later, thousands will take a moment to remember the 3,000 people who lost their lives in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Here are some ways people are paying tribute across the country:
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is hosting the annual ceremony in remembrance of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks. Starting at 8:39 a.m., family members of those who died started reading the victims' names at the World Trade Center's Memorial Plaza. There were six pauses during the readings to mark when each plane struck the towers, when each tower collapsed, when the plane hit the Pentagon, and when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania, according to WABC.
The facility is closed to the public until Tuesday afternoon to allow the families of those killed to remember their loved ones.
The Memorial Plaza will be open to the public from 3 p.m. to midnight. The Tribute in Light also will shine two beams of light four miles into the night sky.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended the annual Sept. 11 observance at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the new Tower of Voices monument was dedicated over the weekend. The ceremony, scheduled from 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m., was free and open to the public. At 10:03 a.m., the moment Flight 93 crashed, the names of the 40 victims were read, and the Bells of Remembrance rang in tribute. Learn more here.
Vice President Mike Pence attended the annual ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, honoring the 184 people who died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The ceremony, which ran from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., was not open to the public. The memorial reopened to the public after the event.
– The Associated Press contributed to this report.