HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Monday with a somber ceremony in front of city hall's eternal flame.
Nine people with Hawaii ties died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington:
- Michael Collins, 38, who dreamed of retiring in Hawaii with his wife, Lissa.
- Patricia Colodner, 39, who was described as a “wonderful, devoted mother" by her husband.
- Georgine Corrigan, 56, a Hawaii Kai collectibles dealer and doting grandmother.
- Maile Hale, 26, the 1993 valedictorian at Kaiser High School. “She was what everybody wants their child to be,” said her mother.
- Heather Ho, 32, a Punahou School graduate and award-winning pastry chef at Windows on the World at the World Trade Center.
- Richard Keane, 54, who is remembered by family for his warmth and love of a good story.
- David Laychak, 40, who was among 125 Pentagon employees and contractors who died on 9/11.
- Richard Y.C. Lee, 34, whose office at the World Trade Center was filled with photos of his young son.
- Christine Snyder, a 32-year-old arborist and project manager for the Outdoor Circle who had been married for just three months when she died.
The mayor's annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony began at 10 a.m. Monday in front of Honolulu Hale.
It was among a number of ceremonies held nationwide Monday aimed at honoring those who died in the attacks.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed when planes hijacked by terrorists hit the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville on Sept. 11, 2001, hurling America into a new consciousness of the threat of global terrorism.
Trump, a native New Yorker observing the anniversary for the first time as the country's leader, assured victims' families that "our entire nation grieves with you" and issued stern words to extremists.
"America cannot be intimidated, and those who try will join a long list of vanquished enemies who dared test our mettle," the Republican president said as he spoke at the Pentagon after observing a moment of silence at the White House.
When America is united, "no force on earth can break us apart," he said.