'Soundbreaking' held at Flight 93 Memorial

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Americans are marking the anniversary of one of the nation's most scarring days known as 9/11 today.

Moments of silence were held for the nearly 3,000 people killed when hijackers crashed planes into the World Trade Centre, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania. The commemoration has now become a custom in America. But, in an intense everything changed as a ball of fire was seen coming out of the side of one of the World Trade Center Towers; moments later cameras captured a second jet crashing into the second tower.

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Almost a thousand people - relatives, friends and even foreign tourists - gathered on Monday at the site, with many holding pictures and carrying names of their loved ones who perished in the two horrifying attacks carried out by terrorists 16 years ago.

At the White House, President Donald Trump, who is from NY, commemorated the anniversary by observing a moment of silence with his wife Melania Trump.

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Speaking in Virginia, the President issued a warning to extremists, saying "America can not be intimidated" and those who try will join the list of enemies "who dared to test our mettle". According to AP, Lemagne called on people to "stop for a moment and remember all the people who gave their lives that day. No force on earth can break us apart", Mr. Trump said as a warning to Islamic extremists. Vice President Mike Pence attended this ceremony. Four planes were hijacked by members of the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda for these attacks.

Located in rural in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the memorial commemorates the 40 passengers who sacrificed their own lives to wrest control away from the hijackers of United Flight 93, preventing the plane from hitting its intended target of the United States Capitol Building. It will stand 93 feet tall and contain 40 wind chimes that will serve as an enduring memory of the voices of the passengers and crew.

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The Memorial Plaza - which houses a 9/11 memorial museum - is open to the public from 3pm to midnight for the viewing of Tribute in Light. Since 2011, politicians are no longer allowed to read victims' names or deliver remarks.

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