Nation celebrates 20th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

Nation celebrates 20th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

A detail of the 9/11 Memorial can be seen on September 11, 2021 in Manhattan, New York City, United States, on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2021 attacks.

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On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists affiliated with the extremist Islamic group al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial planes with the aim of carrying out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, a third plane crashed into the Pentagon outside of Washington, DC, and a fourth crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Thousands of people have been killed and even more injured in the coordinated attacks, making it the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. The devastating terrorist attacks propelled the nation into what it has called the longest war.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania on Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Bidens will be joined by former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on their visit to Lower Manhattan in New York.

In Shanksville, Pa., Bidens will be joined by former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.

Biden’s visits come less than two weeks after the last American troops left Afghanistan on August 31, ending the United States’ nearly 20-year war in response to the 2001 attacks.

Here are some scenes from the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Sergeant Edwin Morales holds a photo of his cousin Rubin Correa of ​​the 74 engine by Tribute in Light Installation ahead of the 20th anniversary

Sergeant Edwin Morales holds a photo of his cousin Rubin Correa’s Tribute in Light installation from Engine 74 ahead of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in New York, the United States, September 10, 2021.

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Man mourning 9/11 memorial on 20th anniversary of 9/11 attacks

A man mourns at the 9/11 Memorial on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in Manhattan, New York City, United States on September 11, 2021.

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President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden stand alongside Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama.

(LR) Former President Bill Clinton, Former President Barack Obama, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attend the annual ceremony September 11 Memorial at the National September 11 Memorial Hein. and the museum on September 11, 2021 in New York.

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Katie Mascalli with FDNY Rescue 5 is consoled by her fiance Andre Jabban as they support her father’s namesake, Joseph Mascalli.

Katie Mascalli is comforted by her fiance Andre Jabban as they stand with FDNY Rescue 5 near their father’s name Joseph Mascalli as they attend ceremonies marking the September 11, 2021 attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan.

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Family members of 9/11 victims pay tribute to FDNY Ten House

A family member of 9/11 victims pays tribute at FDNY Ten House on the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, New York, United States.

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President Biden represents the national anthem with former presidents Obama and Clinton

(Left to right) Former President Bill Clinton, Former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Former President Barack Obama, Former First Lady Michelle Obama, President Joe Bien, First Lady Jill Biden, Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg partner Diana Taylor, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) represent the national anthem at the ceremony Annual 9/11 Memorial at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum on September 11, 2021 in New York City. . .

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A member of the FDNY stands near the north reflecting pool

A member of the New York Fire Department (FDNY) stands near the reflecting pool north of the 9/11 Memorial on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in Manhattan, New York City, United States, on September 11, 2021.

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A rose is lying on a bench at the National 9/11 Pentagon

A rose stands on the bench of the National Pentagon 9/11 Memorial on September 11, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia.

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley represent the national anthem during the 9/11 celebrations at the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A Milley represent the national anthem during the 9/11 celebration ceremony at the Pentagon at the National Pentagon Memorial on September 11, 2021 in Arlington. , Virginia.

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Bruce Springsteen at the 9/11 commemoration ceremony in New York

American musician Bruce Springsteen performs a song during a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2021 in New York City.

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Bell rings for minute of silence at 9/11 commemoration ceremony

A bell rings during a minute of silence during the annual 9/11 commemoration ceremony at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City on September 11, 2021.

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US servicemen attend 9/11 celebration ceremony at Pentagon at National Pentagon 9/11 Memorial

Members of the U.S. Service attend the 9/11 celebration ceremony at the Pentagon at the National Pentagon 9/11 Memorial on September 11, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia.

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Security is seen during the 9/11 commemoration at the National Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Security is seen during the 9/11 commemoration at Flight 93 National Monument on September 11, 2021 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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“This is the country I know”: Former President George W. Bush speaks in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Former US President George W. Bush speaks during the 9/11 commemoration at Flight 93 National Memorial on September 11, 2021 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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Names of 9/11 victims appear on screen in Times Square

The names of the victims of the 9/11 attacks appear on screen in Times Square during the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2021 attacks in New York City, New York, United States on September 11, 2001.

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Flags mark the 20th anniversary of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

A man touches a flag during the 14th annual wave of flags on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks at Pepperdine University Alumni Park on September 10, 2021 in Malibu, California.

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Man touched victim’s name at 9/11 memorial

A man touches the name of a victim at the 9/11 memorial on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in Manhattan, New York City, United States, on September 11, 2021.

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