America marks 20 years since 9/11 attacks with remembrance ceremonies

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Live video above shows the remembrance ceremony at the World Trade Center in New York. Scroll down for the wreath laying at the Flight 93 memorial.September 11, 2001, was a sunny Tuesday in New York. It was a day that ultimately would change the world, but it didn’t start out that way. By all accounts, it was a routine morning for most. People went to work and school, there was no indication of what was to come. At 8:46 a.m. ET, a plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. A short time later, at 9:03 a.m., a plane hit the south tower. Both had been hijacked by members of Al Qaeda. As the nation watched the events unfolding in New York, a third hijacked plane hit the Pentagon at 9:45 a.m. At 10:03 a.m., a fourth plane went down in a field in rural Pennsylvania. By 10:30 a.m., the World Trade Center towers had collapsed. Nearly everyone still inside the towers died when they collapsed. On Saturday, the nation will remember the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks on the United States. Ceremonies will take place in New York, at the site of a memorial to the victims there, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where passengers crashed the fourth plane to keep it from hitting its intended target in Washington. The ceremonies began early Saturday morning and will be chronicled below. New York The 9/11 anniversary commemoration at ground zero began Saturday with a tolling bell and a moment of silence, exactly 20 years after the start of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil.President Joe Biden, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton joined a crowd of victims’ relatives and first responders at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza in New York. The memorial stands where the the World Trade Center’s twin towers were rammed and felled by hijacked planes.Bruce Springsteen performed during the ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The audience applauded after Springsteen performed his song “I’ll See You In My Dreams” while accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica.Victims’ relatives then resumed their reading of names of the fallen, a tradition since the first anniversary of the attacks that leveled the trade center’s twin towers.PentagonThe Pentagon’s remembrance ceremony began at 9 a.m. The names of the victims are being read and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will give remarks. A separate wreath-laying ceremony will take place with President Biden in attendance. During remarks at the Pentagon ceremony Austin said that “we remember not just who our fallen teammates were, but the mission that they shared.” He continued, “We recall their common commitment to defend our republic … and to squarely face new dangers.’’Austin noted that “almost a quarter of the citizens who we defend today were born after 9/11,” including many of the 13 American service members killed in the recent attack in Afghanistan.He says that “as the years march on, we must ensure that all our fellow Americans know and understand what happened here on 9/11 … and in Manhattan … and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.”The Pentagon chief says that “it is our responsibility to remember. And it is our duty to defend our democracy.”He says, “We cannot know what the next 20 years will bring. We cannot know what new dangers they will carry. … But we do know that America will always lead.”And to the audience at the Pentagon commemoration, the defense secretary said, “We still work here. We still remember here. We still uphold our values here. With clear heads and fearless hearts.”Flight 93 MemorialThe victims and heroes of Flight 93 are being commemorated at a ceremony at the site where the plane crashed in a field on Sept. 11, 2001.Former President George W. Bush told people at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania that Americans learned much about themselves on Sept. 11.“We learned that bravery is more common than we imagined, emerging with sudden splendor in the face of death,” Bush said.Bush, who was president during the attacks, commended the courage of the Flight 93 passengers and crew who are believed to have foiled an attack on the U.S. Capitol by leading the plane to crash in rural Pennsylvania. “The 33 passengers and seven crew of Flight 93 could have been any group of citizens selected by fate. In a sense, they stood in for us all,” Bush said. “The terrorists soon discovered that a random group of Americans is an exceptional group of people.”He encouraged Americans to put aside their political differences in the spirit of what he saw after 9/11.“So much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment,” Bush said. “On America’s day of trial and grief, I saw millions of people instinctively grab their neighbor’s hand and rally to the cause of one another.”Vice President Kamala Harris began her remarks at the Flight 93 memorial with words for those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11.“So many in our nation — too many in our nation — have deeply felt the passage of time these past 20 years,” she said. “Please know your nation sees you and we stand with you and we support you.”Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was also speaking. Wolf said the passengers and crew of Flight 93 offered a lasting lesson of courage and hope.“This story and this place remind us each day what it means to be an American,” said Wolf. “In times of strife, we Americans, we come together. We comfort each other. We protect each other and we stand up for each other. This memorial is a powerful reminder of what we have lost. But it’s also a powerful reminder of the strength of the American spirit.” Larry Catuzzi, father of Flight 93 passenger Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, said in an interview that he talks to her every day.“I say something that kind of reminds me of her, and I’ll talk to her. Or something good happens to me and i thank her for her being with me,” said Catuzzi, whose 38-year-old daughter was pregnant when she perished.The family started a foundation in her name that has distributed college scholarships to more than 100 girls, funded three neonatal units and built a park in Houston memorializing the victims of Flight 93.

Live video above shows the remembrance ceremony at the World Trade Center in New York. Scroll down for the wreath laying at the Flight 93 memorial.

September 11, 2001, was a sunny Tuesday in New York. It was a day that ultimately would change the world, but it didn’t start out that way.

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By all accounts, it was a routine morning for most. People went to work and school, there was no indication of what was to come. At 8:46 a.m. ET, a plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. A short time later, at 9:03 a.m., a plane hit the south tower. Both had been hijacked by members of Al Qaeda.

As the nation watched the events unfolding in New York, a third hijacked plane hit the Pentagon at 9:45 a.m. At 10:03 a.m., a fourth plane went down in a field in rural Pennsylvania.

By 10:30 a.m., the World Trade Center towers had collapsed. Nearly everyone still inside the towers died when they collapsed.

On Saturday, the nation will remember the nearly 3,000 people who died in the attacks on the United States. Ceremonies will take place in New York, at the site of a memorial to the victims there, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where passengers crashed the fourth plane to keep it from hitting its intended target in Washington.

The ceremonies began early Saturday morning and will be chronicled below.

New York

The 9/11 anniversary commemoration at ground zero began Saturday with a tolling bell and a moment of silence, exactly 20 years after the start of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil.

President Joe Biden, former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton joined a crowd of victims’ relatives and first responders at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza in New York. The memorial stands where the the World Trade Center’s twin towers were rammed and felled by hijacked planes.

Bruce Springsteen performed during the ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The audience applauded after Springsteen performed his song “I’ll See You In My Dreams” while accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica.

Victims’ relatives then resumed their reading of names of the fallen, a tradition since the first anniversary of the attacks that leveled the trade center’s twin towers.

Pentagon

The Pentagon’s remembrance ceremony began at 9 a.m. The names of the victims are being read and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will give remarks. A separate wreath-laying ceremony will take place with President Biden in attendance.

During remarks at the Pentagon ceremony Austin said that “we remember not just who our fallen teammates were, but the mission that they shared.”

He continued, “We recall their common commitment to defend our republic … and to squarely face new dangers.’’

Austin noted that “almost a quarter of the citizens who we defend today were born after 9/11,” including many of the 13 American service members killed in the recent attack in Afghanistan.

He says that “as the years march on, we must ensure that all our fellow Americans know and understand what happened here on 9/11 … and in Manhattan … and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.”

The Pentagon chief says that “it is our responsibility to remember. And it is our duty to defend our democracy.”

He says, “We cannot know what the next 20 years will bring. We cannot know what new dangers they will carry. … But we do know that America will always lead.”

And to the audience at the Pentagon commemoration, the defense secretary said, “We still work here. We still remember here. We still uphold our values here. With clear heads and fearless hearts.”

Flight 93 Memorial

The victims and heroes of Flight 93 are being commemorated at a ceremony at the site where the plane crashed in a field on Sept. 11, 2001.

Former President George W. Bush told people at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania that Americans learned much about themselves on Sept. 11.

“We learned that bravery is more common than we imagined, emerging with sudden splendor in the face of death,” Bush said.

Bush, who was president during the attacks, commended the courage of the Flight 93 passengers and crew who are believed to have foiled an attack on the U.S. Capitol by leading the plane to crash in rural Pennsylvania.

“The 33 passengers and seven crew of Flight 93 could have been any group of citizens selected by fate. In a sense, they stood in for us all,” Bush said. “The terrorists soon discovered that a random group of Americans is an exceptional group of people.”

He encouraged Americans to put aside their political differences in the spirit of what he saw after 9/11.

“So much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment,” Bush said. “On America’s day of trial and grief, I saw millions of people instinctively grab their neighbor’s hand and rally to the cause of one another.”

Vice President Kamala Harris began her remarks at the Flight 93 memorial with words for those who lost loved ones on Sept. 11.

“So many in our nation — too many in our nation — have deeply felt the passage of time these past 20 years,” she said. “Please know your nation sees you and we stand with you and we support you.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was also speaking.

Wolf said the passengers and crew of Flight 93 offered a lasting lesson of courage and hope.

“This story and this place remind us each day what it means to be an American,” said Wolf. “In times of strife, we Americans, we come together. We comfort each other. We protect each other and we stand up for each other. This memorial is a powerful reminder of what we have lost. But it’s also a powerful reminder of the strength of the American spirit.”

Larry Catuzzi, father of Flight 93 passenger Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, said in an interview that he talks to her every day.

“I say something that kind of reminds me of her, and I’ll talk to her. Or something good happens to me and i thank her for her being with me,” said Catuzzi, whose 38-year-old daughter was pregnant when she perished.

The family started a foundation in her name that has distributed college scholarships to more than 100 girls, funded three neonatal units and built a park in Houston memorializing the victims of Flight 93.

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