Doug Barrett | Sep 11, 2019 AT 8:44 am
The commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks has begun at ground zero with a moment of silence and tolling bells.
Victims' relatives and dignitaries were gathered on the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center in New York as the ceremony started at 8:46 a.m. Wednesday. That is the time when a hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower on Sept. 11, 2001.
Then victims' loved ones began reading the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed when a total of four hijacked planes crashed into the trade center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Minnesota Governor Tim Waltz have directed all government agencies to fly flags at half-staff today to honor victims of the terrorist attacks.