Ceremonies in Hampton and Newport News joined with commemorations across the country Wednesday in remembering the Sept. 11 terror attacks 18 years ago and honoring those who died.
Speakers on the Peninsula repeated the sentiment to “never forget” the loss and sacrifice while also recalling the togetherness and resiliency Americans shared in the aftermath of tragedy.
As people went about beginning their days Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers crashed passenger jets into each tower of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93, believed to be bound for the U.S. Capitol, ultimately crashed in Shanksville, Pa., as passengers and crew members fought to take control of the plane.
In total, nearly 3,000 people were killed, and more than 6,000 were injured. Many others have struggled in the years since with the lingering effects of the attacks.