15th anniversary: Listen to live Pentagon audio from September 11, 2001 attack

Pentagon attack

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack, when al-Qaeda operatives commandeered airplanes to kill almost 3,000 people in New York City and Washington, DC.

As in the past, there were be a solemn reading of the victims' names during the ceremony.

On Thursday, local artist Scott LoBaido unveiled his patriotic creation "3,000 Raindrops" - a light installation of the Twin Towers created to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were flown into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City.

Another 34 minutes passed before American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., followed by the south tower's collapse at 9:59 a.m.

The names of all 2,983 people killed on 9/11 and those slain in the February 26, 1993, World Trade Center bombing will be read between 8:46 a.m. and 12:30p.m. Families of the victims will read the names in pairs.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival, Donald Trump, attended the ceremony at Ground Zero. Remember those who died on this day. It is believed the intended target of Flight 93 was either the White House or the Capitol Building.

The passengers, who had learned about the attack on NY, made a decision to storm the cabin and sacrifice themselves to prevent a larger loss of life.

The terrorist attacks staged by Al Qaeda targeted the country's financial and political nerve centers.

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