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U.S. presidents mark 20 years since 9/11

President Joe Biden and other U.S. leaders at Saturday’s 9/11 anniversary ceremony in New York Associated Press/Photo by Chip Somodevilla

U.S. presidents mark 20 years since 9/11

Presidents Joe Biden, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton gathered at the National September 11 Memorial in New York on Saturday to commemorate the anniversary of the nation’s worst terrorist attack. Each man wore a blue ribbon and held his hand over his heart as a procession marched a flag through the memorial before hundreds of people, some carrying photos of loved ones lost in the tragedy. The hasty U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, where the men who planned the Sept. 11 attacks sheltered, has increased fears of terrorism in the United States.

How else did the nation commemorate the day? Former President Donald Trump visited a fire station and police precinct in New York. George W. Bush, who was president when the attacks occurred, spoke at a memorial near Shanksville, Pa., where passengers brought down a hijacked plane that was headed for the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 11, 2001. “On America’s day of trial and grief, I saw millions of people instinctively grab for a neighbor’s hand, and rally for the cause of one another,” he said. “That is the America I know.”

Dig deeper: Watch WORLD Watch’s special episode explaining how the 9/11 attacks changed the world.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.



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Curious front row in this photo. I'd don't blame Presidents Trump and Bush from going elsewhere. One wonders how much of the Democratic entourage was a scripted photo op. I know that some of the MSM pointed out President Trump's absence.