The politics of 9/11 flowed into the ground zero ceremony, too.
Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the third site where planes crashed on September 11, 2001, Vice-President Mike Pence credited the crew and passengers who fought back against the hijackers with protecting him and others in the U.S. Capitol that day.
Former President George W. Bush, commander in chief at the time of the 2001 attacks, was due at an afternoon wreath-laying at the Pentagon.
"Got that now?" he continued, saying al-Qaeda had attacked the country's "Judeo-Christian" values. The attacks' aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan. The effects are visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where the post-9-11 USA invasion has become America's longest war.
"People say, 'Why do you stand here, year after year?'" Chundera Epps, a sister of September 11 victim Christopher Epps, said at last year's ceremony at the World Trade Centre. "Because soldiers are still dying for our freedom".
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"CAIR was founded after 9/11", she said, referring to the Council on American Islamic Relations.
The speaker's remarks were an unusual deviation into partisan politics and religious division at the somber annual ceremony held at the site where Islamist al Qaeda hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center in 2001, killing almost 3,000 people.
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. "This day I also remember over 200 personal friends and co-workers that I knew that died". The Minnesota congresswoman faced massive backlash after a video from the event surfaced where she was shown urging Muslim Americans to "raise hell" and further downplaying what happened on September 11th, 2001. More than 51,000 people have applied. Over the summer, Congress made sure the fund won't run dry. Trump, a Republican and a New Yorker who was in the city on 9/11, signed the measure in July.