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Americans still worried about major terrorist incident 16 years after 9/11 attacks
September 12,2017   By:Xinhua
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Sept.12,2017--Law enforcement officers gather at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to mark the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in Washington D.C., the United States, on Sept. 11, 2017. (Xinhua/Yang Chenglin)
 
Sept.12,2017--For 64-year-old New Yorker Gary Gonel, who came to the World Trade Center every year on Sept. 11 to remember the deadly terror attack in 2001, his sorrow deepened over the thoughts that the society is becoming more divided and people are still worried that the same tragedy could happen again.
 
"I come here every year to show families of 9/11 that we did not forget about them. Things in the past couple of years have been different, there are fewer and fewer people here," said Gonel, with an American flag in his left hand.
 
Streets around the World Trade Center "used to be packed with people on Sept. 11," but now there are fewer people coming except tourists and families who lost their loved ones, he said.
 
Sixteen years have passed since a group of terrorists flew hijacked planes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people were killed during the attacks.
 
Addressing a 9/11 anniversary commemoration at the Pentagon, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that "America cannot be intimidated." Trump, who was living in the New York city on Sept. 11 in 2001, vowed that such an attack would never be repeated.