The moving memorial service at the place where the terrible terrorist attack changed New York, the USA and the whole world 20 years ago began at exactly 8:46 a.m. local time with a minute’s silence.
It is when the first of the four hijacked aircraft hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. After the minute’s silence, relatives read the names of the 2,977 people killed, sometimes in tears.
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In addition to President Joe Biden (78) and First Lady Jill Biden (70), former Presidents Barack Obama (60) and Bill Clinton (75) with their wives came to the memorial service at today’s memorial in New York. However, it was not they who had a say, but the bereaved relatives of the victims. In commemoration of the attacks, “normal people” should be remembered, said Mike Low, whose daughter Sara worked as a flight attendant and was killed in one of the hijacked machines.
Biden previously addressed the Americans in a video message. In the days after the attacks, heroism, resilience and “a true sense of national unity” were demonstrated, he said.
Mourning events also took place at the Pentagon and the Shanksville crash site. In Pennsylvania, George W. Bush (75), who was US President on September 11th, took part.
It was a day of extremely mixed feelings, he said. There was horror “in view of the extent of the destruction” and “the boldness of evil”, at the same time there was “gratitude” and “awe” because of the heroism of the emergency services and the sudden solidarity among Americans.