20 Years After 9/11: U.S. Marks Anniversary Of Attacks (In Photos)

By Graison Dangor, Forbes Staff


The 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, was honored Saturday by the loved ones of victims and first responders in events in New York, the Washington, D.C., area and rural Pennsylvania at the places where coordinated attackers crashed hijacked planes two decades ago, as well as in memorials around the U.S. and the world.

A mourner stands at the north pool during ceremonies to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on Saturday at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Key Facts

The day of remembrance for the 2,977 people who died and thousands who were hurt was observed in events Saturday.

Names of victims of the attack were read aloud at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, where the twin towers stood in lower Manhattan, in a ceremony which President Joe Biden attended, as well as former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Bruce Springsteen was among a handful of musicians who appeared at the event, performing I’ll See You In My Dreams on an acoustic guitar.

Vice President Kamala Harris and former President George W. Bush spoke at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

From New York, Biden flew to Pennsylvania and then to the Pentagon, laying a wreath at each memorial.

The sun rises behind lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City as a woman walks through the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial in Liberty State Park on Saturday in Jersey City, New Jersey. Getty Images
A mourner places a flag at the south pool before ceremonies at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. ASSOCIATED PRESS
A family member of Jennie Nicole Gonzalez at the ceremony. POOL/AFP via Getty Images
A family member grieves at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum ceremony. POOL/AFP via Getty Images
A mourner wipes tears from her eyes as she stands at the rim of the south pool. ASSOCIATED PRESS
A memorial flag is brought onto the stage. ASSOCIATED PRESS
The ceremony was attended by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his partner, Diana Taylor, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Getty Images
The names of victims, including Kenneth P. Lira Arévalo—memorialized on the shirt of the young woman—were read aloud. POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Two men embrace at the ceremony in New York. ASSOCIATED PRESS
People tie ribbons to the fence at St. Paul's Chapel near the National September 11 Memorial & Museum on Saturday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ASSOCIATED PRESS
Families make etchings of their fallen loved ones on the rim of the south pool. ASSOCIATED PRESS
Firefighters in Stirling, Scotland, hold a moment of silence to honor the 20th anniversary of the attacks. PA Images via Getty Images
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks during an observance ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. ASSOCIATED PRESS
A military chorus sings Amazing Grace at a Pentagon memorial service Saturday morning. Biden would lay a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 memorial in the afternoon. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Family of Flight 93 first officer LeRoy Homer walk along the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, before the ceremony. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Further Reading

9/11 Memorial Museum Oral Histories (National September 11 Memorial & Museum)

Biden Executive Order Directs 'Declassification Review' Of 9/11 Documents (Forbes)

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