Never Forget: 9/11 18 Years Later, Flags Fly at Half Staff

18 years ago Wednesday, the United States lost nearly 3,000 people in the 9/11 terror attacks.

On September 11th, 2001 a group of 19 men hijacked four planes, then intentionally crashed them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Another plane went down outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

A total of 2,977 people died that day.

Since then, at least 200 firefighters who worked at ground zero in New York have died because of illnesses connected to the cleanup.

In honor of the victims from 9/11 Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags be lowered to half-staff in Lansing and on all state buildings.

Businesses, schools and local governments are also encouraged to lower their flags.