HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - 18 years. That’s how long it’s been since the deadliest terror attack on American soil.
Flags across Hawaii will fly at half-staff Wednesday as the nation pauses to remember the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. Nearly 3,000 people were killed that day after hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Penn.
At least nine of the victims had Hawaii ties, including:
Tributes are being held across the country to remember the victims and heroes of that day. In New York City, a special ceremony was held at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza in downtown Manhattan, where families and friends read the names of the victims.
And lawmakers in Congress put bitter politics aside for a moment of silence.
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President Donald Trump laid a wreath at the Pentagon, telling victims' relatives there: "This is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss."
The anniversary of Sept. 11 has been officially designated as Patriot Day. Annually, flags fly at half-staff, and agencies observe as moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. eastern to honor the innocent lives lost.
On Oahu, a remembrance ceremony will be held at 12:15 p.m. at Tamarind Park at Bishop Square in Honolulu.
The ceremony will also honor Honolulu’s first responders.
City officials along with the Royal Hawaiian Band will be on hand to mark the day.