NY honored on Wednesday the nearly 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001 in a solemn ceremony at Ground Zero where hijacked al-Qaida planes brought down the Twin Towers.
Moments of silence were observed Wednesday at the exact minutes that the planes hit the two World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon as well as the crash in Pennsylvania. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and his predecessors Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani were among those who attended.
She said the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil-rights group, was created after the attacks "because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties".
"Today, I am here to respond to you, exactly who did what to whom", Haros said". Relatives hugged and consoled each other and left roses at the memorial.
Bush, the commander-in-chief at the time of the 2001 attacks, is due at an afternoon wreath-laying at the Pentagon.
Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has said she didn't intend to minimize what happened on September 11, and accused critics of taking her words out of context.
Al-Qaeda's current leader used the anniversary to call for more attacks on the United States and other targets.
A flag hangs on the Pentagon before a ceremony in observance of the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2011, attacks. Vice-President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pa.
During a 9/11 memorial service on Tuesday, the son of a woman who died in the World Trade Center castigated Representative Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) for the dismissive way she recently characterized the attacks that claimed the lives of almost 3,000 Americans.
During the ceremony in New York City, a young man used an iPad to read the name of his father, Richard Avery Aronow.
Americans commemorated 9-11 with solemn remembrances and vows to "never forget" 18 years after the deadliest terror attacks on American soil.
The attacks' aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where a post-9/11 invasion has become America's longest war. More than 51,000 people have applied.
The sick also gained new recognition this year at the World Trade Center site, where a memorial glade was dedicated this spring.
But those who fell ill or were injured, and their families, say having a tribute at ground zero carries special significance.