See photos and videos from 9/11 on 16th anniversary of terrorist attacks

Missing bodies of Twin Towers victims

Missing bodies of Twin Towers victims

Pence says those passengers might well have save his life. "I stand in solidarity that this world will make a change for the better".

Westley, who served two tours in Vietnam, worked on constructing the World Trade Center and said he could not believe when the towers fell.

The last major component to the Flight 93 National Memorial project, the tower is expected to be complete for the 17th anniversary of 9/11 in 2018, park service officials said.

16 years after the moment American Airlines flight 11 struck the World Trade Center North Tower, silence still seeks to fill the void.

Events meant to mark the occasion across the Midlands were canceled though, due to Tropical Storm Irma.

As always, New Yorkers took to social media to share images of the Tribute in Light, both on 9/11 and the day before, when the lights were tested.

2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 others were wounded on that unforgettable day in September. And Danny Lewis, the computer wizard and former soldier reputed to be 9/11's first victim, stabbed to death when he confronted the hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston.

It preserved their heart and heroism - but also the "hateful" voices of terrorists who were intent on bringing death and destruction that day, said Patrick White, Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial president.

When America is united, "no force on Earth can break us apart", he said.

A fourth California-bound plane - United Flight 93 - was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Instead, it crashed near Shanksville after the passengers took action. The memorial is outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed with the loss of its 40 passengers and crew.

But far too numerous men and women of 9/11 - victims and first responders alike - have names known only to family and friends. "The 9/11 coming around to us on Monday is very raw to us, though". "It's where I get my strength".

At the State House there will be a flag lowering, moment of silence, and reading of names marking the hour the towers were attacked.

At ground zero, relatives of the almost 3,000 people killed on 9/11 began the annual reading of the names of their loved ones.

"And those collective voices will echo in an infinitely changing harmony, making each (national park) visitor's experience both unique and timeless", said White, whose cousin, Louis Nacke II, was among the passengers who died in the September 11, 2001, crash.

"There is just a peacefulness, a sense of tranquility", she said.

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