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September 11th: four planes were hijacked 18 years ago

Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks but the world does not forget

Today it marks the 18th anniversary of a series of terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda, which occurred on September 11, 2001. Since then, the world has never been the same. New York commemorates the nearly three thousand victims by dedicating the celebration to rescuers including firefighters, policemen and ordinary dead citizens.

That terrible morning four planes were hijacked commercial scheduled flights. The terrorists intentionally crashed two of the aircraft against the Twin Towers. The third one, a B-757 of the American Airlines, was precipitated against the Pentagon and the fourth airplane, directed against the White House in Washington, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.

The commemoration will begin at 2:25 pm Italian time (8:25 am in Manhattan). The names of those who lost their lives during the attacks will be read and there will be four minutes of silence for the moments when the aircraft hit the Twin Towers and then collapsed between smoke, fire, flames, despair and death.

Like every year from sunset to the dawn of the next day, two beams of light will be projected towards the sky to recall the Twin Towers: this is the "Tribute in Light", an artistic installation formed by 88 research lighthouses, located near the site where the World Trade Center stood. The columns of lights can be seen about 96 kilometers away and are visible throughout the entire New York area.

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