NY remembers 9/11 attacks, 18 years on

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"We can't forget. Life won't let us forget", she added.

Jacob Campbell was 10 months old when his mother, Jill Maurer-Campbell, died on 9/11. I am going to talk to them and ask them why. The effects are visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where the post-9-11 US invasion has become America's longest war. The aim was to dislodge Afghanistan's then-ruling Taliban militants for harbouring al-Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

A crowd of victims' relatives is expected at ground zero today, while President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon.

The son of a woman killed when jihadist-hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center slammed Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) during a 9/11 memorial on Wednesday for callously referring to the 9/11 terrorist attacks as an event where "some people did something".

"Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done".

"I was attacked. Your relatives and friends were attacked", he said, pointing at the audience. "Got that now?" he said to applause. Relatives of victims, police officers, firefighters and city leaders gathered at the National September 11 Memorial to mark the 18th anniversary of the deadliest single attack on U.S. soil.

Omar and Tlaib are the first two Muslims elected to Congress. In what has become an annual tradition, relatives began reading out the long list of those who were killed, saying a few words about those who died, in a ceremony that takes nearly four hours. More than 51,000 people have applied.

At ground zero in NY, victims' relatives and dignitaries were gathered on the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center in NY as the ceremony started at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday.

After years of legislative gridlock, dwindling money in the fund and fervent activism by ailing first responders and their advocates, Congress this summer made sure the fund won't run dry.

September 11 is known not only as a day for remembrance and patriotism, but also as a day of service. People around the country continue to volunteer at food banks, schools, home-building projects, park cleanups and other charitable endeavours on and near the anniversary.

Associated Press writer Michael R. Sisak contributed.

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