The aftermath of September 11, 2001 is far reaching. And there is a multitude of ways this unforgettable day can be spent and remembered. Here is what is planned for September 11, 2015—the 14th anniversary of the Terrorist Attacks in New York City.
House to Vote on Iran Nuclear Deal
The House is expected to vote on a resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal on Friday, coinciding with the anniversary of the Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks.
Debate on Iran is slated to consume the entire week in the House. The plan is for the House to debate the international accord to curtail Iran’s nuclear program for 11 hours over the course of three days, according to House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas).
The timing for the Iran vote—which many lawmakers have said is the most consequential international relations vote they’ve had to take in years—to fall on the fourteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks is partly coincidental. But it may also serve as a way for Republicans uniformly opposed to the nuclear deal to underscore the potential terror threat from Iran and the country’s nuclear arsenal.
The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing on the lessons we’ve learned since that terror attack at the 9/11 Museum Tuesday.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani spoke extensively on the topic in the shadow of the museum’s slurry wall.
“For New York City, I would have to say, we are about as well prepared as you can be,” Giuliani said.
According to Congressman Peter King, a longtime member of the Homeland Security Committee, New York is continually fending off threats. The NYPD stopped the most recent with several arrests.
“ISIS was planning all out attacks on the Fourth of July, primarily in New York,” he said.
The al Qaeda threat has yet to be corroborated, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.
National security officials have "been running a process for four months, anticipating the need to be extra vigilant, to take extra precautions around this anniversary, the 9/11 anniversary, because, as you would expect, al Qaeda, while it lost its leader when we brought justice to Osama bin Laden, remains a threat to Americans, remains interested in attacking the United States and Americans, and we have to be vigilant against that threat," Carney said.
Vice President Joe Biden repeated the need for Americans to “be vigilant”on this weekend commemorating 9/11.
As we commemorate the 14th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the American Red Cross has partnered with 9/11 Day to provide individuals a chance to help others by giving blood at drives across the country. Volunteer donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – and platelet donors are needed throughout September and beyond.
National Day of Mourning
A bill to make September 11 a national day of mourning was introduced in the U.S. House on October 25, 2001, by Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) with 22 co-sponsors, among them eleven Democrats and eleven Republicans. The bill requested that the President designate September 11 of each year as Patriot Day. Joint Resolution 71 passed the House by a vote of 407–0, with 25 members not voting. The bill passed the Senate unanimously on November 30. President Bush signed the resolution into law on December 18 as Pub.L. 107–89. On September 4, 2002, Bush used the authority of the resolution to proclaim September 11, 2002, as the first Patriot Day.
Locally, 9/11 will be commemorated by these events:
· Waves of Flags at Pepperdine University: Display of 2,977 flags as a memorial to the victims from the 2001 terrorist attacks. Flags on display through Sept. 23. Alumni Park, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. www.facebook.com/pepperdine
· Remembrance at Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society Museum and Fallen Firefighters Memorial: 7-8:30 a.m. 1355 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. www.lafd.org
· Los Angeles Fire Department Memorial Event: 10-11 a.m. Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center, 1700 N. Stadium Way, Los Angeles. www.lafd.org
· Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden Ceremony Observance: 5:30 p.m. A floor beam from one of the destroyed Twin Towers at the World Trade Center is displayed in the garden’s center. The garden is located on the grounds of the Beverly Hills Fire Department, 455 N. Rexford Drive. 310-288-0663.www.beverlyhills911memorial.org