Joe Biden visited the Pentagon to attend a wreath laying ceremony with First Lady Jill Biden. The president spent the majority of Saturday attending memorials, first at Ground Zero in New York, then at the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and finally at the Pentagon in Washington DC.
Mr Biden praised former President George W Bush’s speech during an unannounced stop at a Shanksville, Pennsylvania fire department. Mr Biden commended Mr Bush for encouraging American unity, calling it “a genuinely good speech, about who we are, we’re not.” He went on to say that “he core of who we are is not divided, it’s just this notion of, I don’t know how to explain it.”
Former President Donald Trump did not visit Ground Zero Saturday to attend the 20th anniversary ceremony commemorating the 9/11 terror attacks. He did release a video earlier in the day attacking Joe Biden for the Afghanistan troop withdrawal, and later visited an NYPD precinct where he visited with police officers. During his visit to the police precinct he hinted that he would run for president again in 2024.
Vice President Kamala Harris and former President George W Bush addressed families at the United Airlines Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a memorial recognises passengers who brought down the plane after learning two others had been used to attack the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September, 2001.
An earlier ceremony at the site of the World Trade Center collapse in New York City recognised the victims who were killed, as the names of the nearly 3,000 victims were read aloud over several hours. Former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton also attended the ceremony.
9/11 survivor: ‘The last thing I remember saying: ‘Lord, I can’t do this, you take over’'
Stanley Praimnath worked in the South Tower at the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001.
“Going back to 20 years ago, I never thought I would live to see another day ... I never thought I would live 20 years later to tell you this story,” he told ABC News on Friday.
Lower Manhattan is a sea of firefighters and police ahead of Ground Zero memorial
Good morning from New York.
Today the city remembers those killed in the September 11 attacks, which took place 20 years ago.
Lower Manhattan this morning is a sea of firefighters and police, family members of the fallen and New Yorkers who have come to pay their respects.
There are marching bands and bagpipes, American flags and photographs of the victims.
This year feels especially poignant following the day withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, America’s longest war, which was launched in response to the attacks.
President Joe Biden will be here shortly to join the ceremony, before the names of those who lost their lives will be read.
Watch live as Biden and Obama attend Ground Zero memorial marking 20th anniversary of 9/11
US President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama are attending a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero to mark the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks in the US.Ceremonies are also taking place at the Pentagon, in Virginia and at a site in Shanksville Pennsylvania – which were the two other locations of the attacks that day.Earlier, an American flag was unfurled from the roof of the Pentagon in Arlington to mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks in which 2,996 US citizens were killed.
Biden, Obama, Clintons arrive for NYC memorial ceremony
President Joe Biden, as well as former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have arrived at Ground Zero in New York City to attend the 9/11 memorial.
First lady Jill Biden and former First Lady Michelle Obama are also in attendance, as is Senate Majority Leader and New York Senator Chuck Schumer, and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
Ground Zero memorial marks moment first plane hit and recites names of victims
The memorial at Ground Zero just marked the moment that the first plane hit the World Trade Center at 8.46am on 11 September 2001.
The names of the victims are now being read.
Respects being paid at Ground Zero – pictures
The Independent’s senior US correspondent Richard Hall is at Ground Zero today, where respects are being paid to those who died 20 years ago in the 9/11 terror attacks.
Vice President Kamala Harris arrives in Pennsylvania along with former President George W Bush
9/11 anniversary: Emotional moment family member breaks down while paying tribute
Photographer who took 9/11 images seen around the world returns to ground zero
Reuters photographer Shannon Stapleton returned to Ground Zero 20 years after being at the scene within minutes after the towers fell.
“Everyone was running in the opposite direction saying we were under attack,” Mr Stapleton said in a Reuters video on Friday. “I hate seeing helicopters around here because that always makes me think about that day,” he said as he walked the streets in Lower Manhattan.
Images show presidents and first ladies at Ground Zero memorial
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