The Nation Pauses To Remember 9/11
September 11, 2018
: It was 17 years ago today that America as we knew it was changed forever
It was 17 years ago today that our country changed forever. For a brief moment, the world was united – and we all grieved the loss of nearly three-thousand people following a horrific series of terror attacks. Across the country, there will be a number of services, but perhaps none will be more poignant than those planned for the three sites where the attacks took place: New York City, Shanksville Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.
- People who were killed during the 9/11 terror attacks will be honored at Ground Zero this morning. A commemoration ceremony is being held beginning at 8:30 a.m. The names of those who died will be read aloud. Family and friends will be in attendance to remember loved ones. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are scheduled to appear at the ceremony. The ceremony will pause at six moments to mark the times that each plane hit the towers, when each tower fell and to mark the moments of the attacks on the Pentagon and on Flight 93. Later in the day, the Port Authority will hold their annual remembrance service to remember their 84 employees who died.
- As we told you before, President Trump will visit the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville – and it’s expected he’ll be joined by First Lady Melania Trump. The memorial is a tribute to those who perished when passengers helped bring down a hijacked airliner that was thought to be aimed at Washington, DC. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinkewill also attend.
- As for the Pentagon, Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the annual 9-11 observance there. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will also deliver remarks, honoring those who died when another hijacked airliner crashed into the Pentagon.
- On a related note…the number of New York City firefighters who have died from illnesses related to the 9-11 terrorist attacks keeps climbing. There were 343 firefighters who died on September 11th 2001, but 182 have passed away since and more than one-thousand have either cancer or respiratory problems. But it’s not just firefighters that have been affected. As of August 31st, the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund has awarded more than $4.3-billion to the 20,874 claimants deemed eligible for compensation.
- ONE MORE THING! If you look to the right, you’ll see a video of various networks and what was happening as word of the attacks broke.
Source: Voice of America
Massive Evacuations As Hurricane Florence Draws Near The Carolinas
September 11, 2018
Florence is gaining strength and no one seems willing to take chances.
Over a million people are under evacuation orders as Hurricane Florence approaches the southeastern Unites States. And it’s easy to see why – while Florence is currently a Category Four hurricane, there are concerns she could become a Cat Five – and she’s taking a path for a direct hit on the Carolina coast this Thursday.
What happens from there? Forecasters aren’t willing to say for sure, but aside from tremendously damaging winds, they are very confident that Florence will stall and rain. And rain. As you might recall, that’s what happened last year with Hurricane Harvey in Houston. That’s also why no one wants to take any chances.
Governors up and down the coast are ordering everyone within the so-called “cone of uncertainty” to move inland. And they’re ordering it now so that people have time to get out safely.
- As part of that, the Navy is sending all ships at its largest base - Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia - out to sea, so that the vessels may avoid the battering. Almost 30 ships were ordered to leave and in a statement, Admiral Christopher Grady explains that the ships can better weather storms of this magnitude when they are out at sea.
- Someone else concerned about the people affected by Florence? President Trump. He’s already declaring a state of emergency for North and South Carolina as Hurricane Florence moves closer. The move frees up federal aid to help state and local response teams. “Looking like a direct hit on North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. Please be prepared, be careful and be SAFE,” he offered via Twitter. “Federal Government stands by, ready to assist 24/7.”