City Marks 18 Years Since September 11th Attacks

City Marks 18 Years Since September 11th Attacks

Overview

By Spectrum News Staff Manhattan

NEW YORK – Wednesday marks 18 years since the September 11th terror attacks.

The city’s annual memorial ceremony, including the reading of the victims’ names, will take place at the September 11th Memorial and Museum in Lower Manhattan.

The ceremony began around 8:41 a.m.

A moment of silence was held at 8:46 a.m. to mark the moment when a plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

The reading of names begins shortly after that.

Another moment of silence was held at 9:03 a.m. when the South Tower was struck.

Four more moments of silence will be observed after that: when the Pentagon was struck; when the South Tower fell; when Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and finally at 10:28 when the North Tower fell.

President Donald Trump will observe the September 11th anniversary with a service at the Pentagon, where 184 people were killed when another hijacked plane crashed into the west side of the building.

Former President George W. Bush will also attend a wreath laying at the site this afternoon.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak at a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

That’s where United Flight 93 crashed as passengers and crew attempted to regain control of the plane from hijackers.

All 40 people on board were killed.

TRIBUTE IN LIGHT RETURNS

The annual Tribute in Light will illuminate the skies over Lower Manhattan Wednesday night.

Two beams meant to represent the Twin Towers will be lit from dusk until dawn.

They can be seen for miles.

The tribute first debuted six months after the terror attacks in March of 2002 and has continued on every September 11th since.

9/11 HEALTH BILL ADVOCATE HONORED

Victims of the September 11th attacks were honored during another remembrance event in Brooklyn on Tuesday.

NYPD Detective Luiz Alvarez was among those recognized.

He died earlier this year of cancer related to his work at the World Trade Center site after September 11th.

Alvarez is credited with helping secure permanent health benefits for first responders after testifying on Capitol Hill earlier this year.

Congress reauthorized the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in July.

The bill ensures money for the fund through 2092, essentially making it permanent for people who’ve gotten sick from illness related to the attacks.

The fund had been rapidly running out of money over the last few years.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing a law that would expand health insurance coverage to family members of city employees who died of September 11th related illnesses.

The law currently covers relatives of police officers, firefighters and EMTs.

The new proposal would extend benefits to survivors of uniformed santiation workers and correction officers.

About five thousand employees across several city agencies would be covered by this legislation over time.