US marks 9/11 an­niver­sary; Trump to mark it at Pa. memo­rial

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NEW YORK (AP) — Amer­i­cans are com­mem­o­rat­ing 9/11 with somber tributes, vol­un­teer projects and a new mon­u­ment to vic­tims, af­ter a year when two at­tacks demon­strated the en­dur­ing threat of ter­ror­ism in the na­tion’s big­gest city.

Thou­sands of 9/11 vic­tims’ rel­a­tives, sur­vivors, res­cuers and oth­ers are ex­pected at Tues­day’s an­niver­sary cer­e­mony at the World Trade Cen­ter, while Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence will head to the two other places where hi­jacked planes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, in the dead­li­est ter­ror at­tack on Amer­i­can soil.

The pres­i­dent and first lady Me­la­nia Trump plan to join an ob­ser­vance at the Sept. 11 memo­rial in a field near Shanksville, Penn­syl­va­nia, where a new “Tower of Voices” was ded­i­cated Satur­day. Pence is at­tend­ing a cer­e­mony at the Pen­tagon. Trump, a Repub­li­can and native New Yorker, took the oc­ca­sion of last year’s an­niver­sary to is­sue a stern warning to ex­trem­ists that “Amer­ica can­not be in­tim­i­dated.”

Nearly 3,000 peo­ple died in the at­tacks on 9/11, when in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism hit home in a way it pre­vi­ously hadn’t for many Amer­i­cans. Sept. 11 still shapes Amer­i­can pol­icy, pol­i­tics and ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ences in places from air­ports to of­fice build­ings, even if it’s less of a con­stant pres­ence in the pub­lic con­scious­ness af­ter 17 years.

A stark re­minder came not long af­ter last year’s an­niver­sary: A truck mowed down peo­ple, killing eight, on a bike path within a few blocks of the World Trade Cen­ter on Hal­loween.

In De­cem­ber, a would-be sui­cide bomber set off a pipe bomb in a sub­way pas­sage­way near Times Square, au­thor­i­ties said. They said sus­pects in both at­tacks were in­spired by the Is­lamic State ex­trem­ist group.

The 9/11 com­mem­o­ra­tions are by now fa­mil­iar rit­u­als, cen­tered on read­ing the names of the dead. But each year at ground zero, vic­tims’ rel­a­tives in­fuse the cer­e­mony with per­sonal mes­sages of re­mem­brance, concern and in­spi­ra­tion.

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