Sep 11, 2016
By Bob Sheppard
The 9-11 terrorist attacks in the U-S took place 15 years ago, September 11th, 2001, and Americans are marking the day with services of remembrace and solemn ceremonies.
The commemoration began at 8:45 a.m. with a moment of silence at Ground Zero in New York City, the time and the place where the first terrorist aircraft struck the north tower of the World Trade Centre.
Following the moment of silence, relatives read out the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks that day by the two planes that struck the Twin Towers as well as the two other aircraft that crashed into the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
President Obama spoke at the Pentagon.
Twenty-six Canadians were killed in the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Meanwhile, U-S Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says America is safer now than it was in 2011, but he says the country is challenged by lone-wolf, homegrown violent extremists.