9/11 Remembrance: Trump Calls to Lower Flags Across US State Agencies
The president's statement was published on the White House official website
President Donald Trump has called for state institutions across the United States to lower flags to half staff to commemorate the anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and remember the victims.
The president's statement was published on the White House official website:
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2019, as Patriot Day," it read.
"I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day in honor of the individuals who lost their lives on September 11, 2001."
Almost 3,000 people lost their lives and 6,000 wounded in the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001.
Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked commercial airplanes before flying them into the World Trade Centre in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
Another plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on the same day.
The tragic event is known as the largest terror attack in modern US history, which also caused $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.
Earlier this month, a military judge set the trial date for five men accused of masterminding the 9/11 attacks.
Judge Colonel W. Shane Cohen announced the trial would commence on January 11, 2021.
The trial will be held at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to CBS News.
In 2007, the leader of the group, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, admitted that he had overseen the plot.
CBS News reported that "Judge Colonel W. Shane Cohen issued a 10-page scheduling order Thursday, giving prosecutors an October 10 deadline to provide materials for the case."
"The date set by the judge, Col. W. Shane Cohen of the Air Force, signals the start of the selection of a military jury at Camp Justice, the war court convening at the Navy base in Cuba," The New York Times reports.
In June, Trump said he thought he knew who was behind the September 11th attacks, adding that “Iraq did not knock down the World Trade Centre.
Speaking to ABC News, Trump said:
“It was not Iraq."
“It were other people. And I think I know who the other people were. And you might also.”
Although it isn't entirely clear what Trump is saying, the Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda terrorist network are widely considered to be the culprits behind the attacks.