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The time will stand still across the United States on Wednesday at 8:46 a.m. marking the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed over 2,900 people in 2011.
The annual commemoration of the Al Qaeda terror attack will remember at least 117 people of Indian origin who lost lives in the attack.
The Northern Tower of the World Trade Center was struck by a hijacked jetliner. That incident brought to the fore South Asia and international terrorism in the United States and across the world.
Apart from the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, the citadel of the United States military, the Pentagon. The other attack aiming for either the White House or the Congress was attacked and another aiming for either the White House or the Congress was foiled when passengers overpowered the hijackers and crashed the jet in a field.
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Diplomats at the Indian consulate in New York in 2002 said the number of victims of Indian-descent was 117 among the killed at the World Trade Center.
Officially, the number of India citizens killed is 41, with others holding other passports.
Indians in the United States were affected violently when they were misidentified as people with links to the Islamic terrorists with their turbans on and beards.
According to the reports, at the time of the ceremony, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will be accessible to only the family members of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks. The memorial will reopen to the public at 3 p.m. EST but the museum will be closed all day.
An honor guard made up of individuals representing the New York City Fire Department, New York City Police Department, and Port Authority Police, will also take part in the ceremony.
The ceremony can be watched live on the 9/11 Memorial Facebook page or 911memorial.org/live. Broadcasters such as ABC and CBS will be showing the ceremony live.
Not only a day for remembrance and patriotism, but September 11 is also known as a day of service. People across the United States continue to volunteer at food banks, schools, home-building projects, park cleanups, and other charitable endeavors.
By Sowmya Sangam