September 11: 20 Years Later
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Twenty years on, against a backdrop of extraordinary political divisiveness, Americans on Saturday remembered the 9/11 attacks, commemorating the deadliest terrorist strike on U.S. soil with the austere tolling of bells, the soaring strains of “Amazing Grace” and the somber recitation of names of the dead.
The families of 9/11, beneath a blue sky reminiscent of a clear September morning 20 years ago, gathered once more Saturday to remember those killed in the terrorist attack that toppled the World Trade Center.
The FBI late Saturday released a newly declassified document related to logistical support given to two of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The document details contacts the hijackers had with Saudi associates in the U.S. but does not provide proof that senior Saudi government officials were complicit in the plot.
It was the sky on Saturday at the Pentagon that survivors said felt the most eerie: blue and cloudless, just like it had been that morning exactly 20 years ago when Flight 77 tore through the west side of the building and killed 184.
Crowds gathered under a bright blue, cloudless sky — a day not unlike the day tragedy struck 20 years ago — for a ceremony at City Pier in honor of all those who were lost in the unforgettable terrorist attacks that shook the nation to its core, leaving it forever changed.
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Three American presidents stood somberly side by side Saturday at the National September 11 Memorial in New York, sharing a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the nation’s worst terrorist attack with a display of unity.
Michael Glinski remembers being in the barber shop at the Coast Guard Academy on Sept. 11, 2001, when an underclassman ran up to him to ask if he had heard the news that a plane had hit the World Trade Center.
Biden was a senator when hijackers comandeered four planes and exacted the nation's worst terror attack in 2001. Now he marks the 9/11 anniversary for the first time as commander in chief. The president planned to pay his respects at the trio of sites where the planes crashed, but he was leaving the speech-making to others.
Denise Olsen walked through New London on Friday on her way to New York City, part of a two-week journey from Boston Logan Airport to the site of the World Trade Center, where her husband died 20 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.