Americans pause to remember September 11 victims

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The event honors the estimated 2,983 people who died because of the terrorists who hijacked commercial planes and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field located in Pennsylvania.

Westley was in Manhattan on September 11, 2001, and Yvonne, a choreographer, was supposed to be at a rehearsal at the World Trade Center, but she overslept on September 11, 2001.

Monday, Sept. 11, is the 16 anniversary of one of the most horrific days in the history of the United States.

A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, leading to a partial collapse of the building's western side. Once again the iconic "Tribute in Light" in New York City is shining brightly into the night sky and will continue to do so all-day.

The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, initially was steered toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.

Almost 3,000 people were killed on that day in 2001, 343 of which were New York City firefighters, and 23 NYPD officers.

We are inviting you, our readers to share your stories from September 11, 2001.

Today marks the 16th anniversary of 9/11. The display consists of 88 7,000-watt lights that are set up on the roof of a parking garage near the Battery Park Tunnel - just blocks from where the World Trade Center's Twin Towers once stood.

The American Airlines Boeing 767, which was loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center (WTC), burning a hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds and trapping hundreds of others in higher floors.

The Museum honors the almost 3,000 victims of these attacks and all those who risked their lives to save others.

Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty ImagesA person falls to their death from the World Trade Center after two planes hit the Twin Towers September 11, 2001 in New York City.

And at 10:28 when the North tower fell.

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