It was 18 years ago that 19 hijackers affiliated with Al-Qaeda hijacked three American passenger jetliners and used them to attack the World Trade Center in New York as well as the Pentagon in Washington, DC. A fourth plane was also destined for the US Capitol but passengers were able to overtake the hijackers and it instead crashed in a rural area to the southeast of Pittsburgh.
The attacks started the war against Afghanistan, whose Taliban-controlled government at the time was blamed for harboring and assisting the terror group. Eighteen years later, the US still has a military force of an estimated 14,000 soldiers in that country.
As part of the remembrance of the victims of September 11, a local service will be taking place in Mayville. Local officials and community members will join at noon in front of the County Courthouse at North Erie street in the village.
In addition, Governor Cuomo has announced that flags on all state government buildings will be flown at half-staff today in remembrance of those who lost their lives.