Families set to honour 9/11 victims

Families set to honour 9/11 victims

New York, Sep 11 (IANS) Families of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, were on Sunday set to gather at the World Trade Center site to remember those they lost.

On this the 15th anniversary of the attacks, houses of worship across New York City will toll their bells at 8.46 a.m. as institutions observe a moment’s silence to mark the instant when the first plane struck the World Trade Centre’s north tower, USA Today reported.

Family members will then begin the annual ceremonial reading of the 2,977 names of those who died in New York, Arlington county, and Pennsylvania, as well as the six people killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

The reading of the names will be interrupted by several periods of silence to mark pivotal moments of the 2001 attacks: 9.03 a.m., when the second plane struck the south tower; 9.37 a.m., when Flight 77 struck the Pentagon; 9.59 a.m., when the South Tower fell; 10.03 a.m., when Flight 95 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and 10.28 a.m., when the North Tower fell, USA Today reported.

Crowds for the ceremony have diminished over the years. But some families hope that this year, with a significant anniversary falling on a weekend, more people will attend.

“Parents of the deceased are getting older, younger people usually can’t make it because of work obligations,” USA Today quoted Tom Acquaviva of Wayne, New Jersey, as saying whose 29-year-old son, Paul, a father of two, died in the attacks.

“But I hope this year you will see a lot more people than previous years.”

Tom Meehan, who missed the ceremony last year, is determined to attend this year’s event for his daughter, Colleen, who died in the North Tower at the age of 26.

“Hearing those names spoken, their memories stay alive,” Meehan said.

The attacks were claimed by the Al Qaeda whose leader Osama bin Laden was later killed by US forces in a May 2011 raid at his hideout in Pakistan that President Barack Obama authorised.


  1. After the most exhaustive investigation on 9/11 and the conclusion that Saudi Arabia played a major role in the downing of the WTC, the families of 9/11 victims should be allowed to sue the Saudi’s. The senate has cleared the way for the families to sue Saudi Arabia,and it will be very interesting to see if Barack Hussain Obama will veto the legislation.

    • “..if Barack Obama will veto the legislation”. – Jay

      Well, in all certainty it looks like he will. US – Saudi relations are already strained as it is and the US needs Saudi support to weed-out the ISIS (if and whenever that will happen).

      As Curtis Bradley & Jack Goldsmith (law professors at Duke & Harvard) warned – “If the US reduces the immunity it accords to other nations, it exposes itself to an equivalent reduction in its own immunity abroad”. Well, the US track record in Iraq, Afghanistan etc. hasn’t exactly been that of Altar Boys. God alone knows, the Viets could bring in some similar bill too! And then, watch the fun escalate!

      And again, Saudi has threatened to pull out its considerable ‘investments’ from the US. In trying times such as these, I doubt very much if the POTOS can afford it considering the larger pic and bleak situation(s) that could and will unfold by passing the JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act).

  2. “As Curtis Bradley & Jack Goldsmith….” – Joker Praveena Pinto

    This is priceless!!! LOL LOL LOL The guy who can’t even put together a coherent sentence is quoting Law professors from Duke & Harvard as if they are his coworkers at Pilikula!!! LOL This guy is a piece of work. It must have taken him a few hours of google search to find enough information and copy-and-paste to make him look smarter than he is!! LOL LOL

    • This is priceless…. the guy can’t even put together a coherent sentence is quoting Law profs from Duke and Harvard as if they are his coworkers at Pilikula. – Joker Rampe

      Lol. You were quoting Bill(a) Mahera(a) and Tareq(a) Fateh(a) as though they were your colleagues out on the range and I didn’t have any issue with it.

      Rampa, it is all thanks to Rapidex, Malayalam Manorama and Surathi that I can stitch a proper sentence together. So, nary a worry, mate. 😉

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