9/11 remembrance tributes live – Joe Biden traveling to NYC, United 93 site & Pentagon as George W. Bush to give speech

MILLIONS of Americans will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this weekend.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are expected to travel to all three sites where 9/11 attacks were carried out on Saturday to pay their respects.

They have visits planned for New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

According to CNN, Vice President Kamala Harris and Doug Emhoff will also travel to the site of the United 93 crash in Shanksville, before joining the president and first lady at the Pentagon.

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush will also be in Shanksville, according to CNN, where George W. will speak at a ceremony.

Other memorials will be held all over the country and around the world, to remember the 2,977 people killed in the horrific attacks 20 years ago.

Read our 9/11 remembrance live blog for the latest news and updates…

 

  • Julia Fields

    WHO WAS THE MASTERMIND BEHIND THE 9/11 ATTACKS?

    Osama bin Laden was a founder of Al-Qaeda who orchestrated the September 11 terror attacks.

    Following the attacks, President George W. Bush sent troops to Afghanistan to find Bin Laden, who was finally hunted down and killed by US forces in May of 2011, nearly 10 years following 9/11.

    It was revealed that Bin Laden may have communicated with terrorists by encoding messages into porn videos.

    The claim was part of a the National Geographic special, titled Bin Laden's Hard Drive, which analyzed and revealed the digital materials recovered in his compound.

  • Julia Fields

    GEORGE BUSH ON 9/11 CONTINUED

    Shortly after Bush’s address the President’s national security team convene in the situation room – a secure communications basement in the west wing.

    Vice President Dick Cheney is there along with national security advisor Condoleezza Rice.

    Meanwhile, the President leaves Florida, his destination at take-off a secret as a high security risk is put in place.

    It is later revealed that he had landed at Louisiana’s Barksdale Air Force Base where, following a meeting with senior officials, he makes another formal address.

    Bush pledges that the US will retaliate saying: “Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts.“

    The President then flew to the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska – the US strategic air command centre.

    At a bunker in the base, he convenes a national security meeting – joining his team via a teleconference.

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT HAPPENED ON UNITED FLIGHT 93?

    Heroic passengers and crew members stormed the cockpit and most likely saved lives by preventing the four hijackers on board from crashing the plane into the unknown destination.

    All 44 people aboard the plane were killed when it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

    “The attitude of passengers tended to be that airlines would give the hijackers what they wanted, and so there was relatively little threat to the passengers,” Brendan Koerner, author of The Skies Belong To Us, told History.com.

    “There aren’t really that many instances of passengers getting involved.”

    Some authorities believe that the target was either The White House or the Capitol Building in DC as the hijackers were targeting populated buildings and American Airlines Flight 77 had already attacked the West wall of the Pentagon.

  • Julia Fields

    HOW MANY FLIGHTS WERE HIJACKED ON 9/11?

    On 9/11, 19 Islamic terrorists hijacked four planes departing from different locations throughout the United States.

    The flights hijacked on 9/11 included:

    • American Airlines Flight 11, which departed from Logan International Airport at 7:59am en rote to Los Angeles
    • American Airlines Flight 77, which departed from Washington Dulles International Airport at 8:20am en route to Los Angeles
    • United Airlines Flight 93, which departed from Newark International Airport at 8:42am en route to San Francisco
    • United Airlines flight 175, which departed Logan International at 8:14am en route to Los Angeles

    While four planes were hijacked, only three crashed into buildings. The destination of United Airlines Flight 93 is still unknown.

    WHEN DID THE FREEDOM TOWER OPEN?

    The Freedom Tower, also on the original World Trade Center site, opened in November 2014.

    The centrepiece is One World Trade Center which now rises even higher than the Twin Towers at 1,776 feet tall.

    It is the tallest building in the United States and Western Hemisphere.

    WHAT IS 'REMEMBERING ABSENCE'?

    The memorial “Reflecting Absence" sits outside the museum in an eight-acre park.

    It consists of two reflecting pools with waterfalls rushing down where the Twin Towers once rose into the sky.

    The names of all 2,996 victims are engraved on the 152 bronze panels surrounding the pools, arranged by where individuals were on the day of the attacks, so coworkers and people on the same flight are remembered together.

    WHAT DOES ONE WORLD TRADE LOOK LIKE NOW?

    In the immediate aftermath of the destruction, the site changed its name to Ground Zero to commemorate where the World Trade Center once stood.

    The term is used to describe the site of a nuclear explosion and later was used to refer to the point of any dramatic or violent event.

    The 14.6-acre area in Lower Manhattan is bounded by Vesey Street to the north, the West Side Highway to the west, Liberty Street to the south, and Church Street to the east.

    However the site changed its name to the World Trade Center Site after New York mayor Michael Bloomberg urged the city to rename the site.

    The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum opened on September 11, 2011, at the original World Trade Center site in time for the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

    WHAT WAS THE WORLD TRADE CENTER?

    The towers were built in 1973 and meant to symbolize globalization and America's economic power and prosperity.

    At 110 stories each, the buildings were used for businesses and accommodated 50,000 workers and 200,000 daily visitors. They were the hub of the bustling Financial District, a top tourist attraction and a symbol of America.

    Until the construction of the Sears Tower, the towers were known as the tallest buildings in the world at 1,360 feet. In order to build the towers, engineers needed to dig down 70 feet to reach bedrock.

    HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR THE TOWERS TO FALL?

    The first American Airlines Boeing 767 Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:45am at a speed of 466mph (790km/h).

    The crash left a burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping many more in higher floors.

    The second plane – a Boeing 767 United Airlines Flight 175 – hit the south tower 18 minutes later at 590mph (950km/h) at 9:03am near the 60th floor.

    Taking less than an hour to burn, the south tower collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke.

    The North Tower fell not long after.

    • Julia Fields

      WHERE IS THE 9/11 MEMORIAL?

      The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is at the original World Trade Center site.

      The memorial features two huge, deep pools at the base of the old towers.

      Around the edges of the pools, each almost an acre in size, the names of those who were killed in the attacks are embossed in bronze panels.

      It includes the names of 2,996 people killed by al-Qaeda in New York, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania.

    • Julia Fields

      WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE ATTACKS?

      Following the attacks, it was discovered that Osama bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaeda, orchestrated the attacks. Bin Laden was finally hunted down and killed by US forces in May of 2011, nearly 10 years following 9/11.

      US troops were then withdrawn from Afghanistan on August 31, 2021.

    • Julia Fields

      HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED?

      As of 2021, 60% of the all people who died that day have been identified, the most recent identifications happening right before the 20th anniversary.

      Dorothy Morgan, of Hempstead, New York and a man whose name has been withheld at the family's request were identified on September 7, 2021.

    • Julia Fields

      'THE FALLING MAN'

      Among those who died was “The Falling Man”, a figure photographed falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 9:41am.

      Many of those trapped in the towers threw themselves out of windows as they realized they wouldn't be able to make it out in time.

      The photographer of this photo was later identified as Richard Drew, an Associated Press photo-journalist.

    • Julia Fields

      BREAKDOWN OF DEATHS ON 9/11

      Those killed included:

      • 2,606 killed in or around the World Trade Center
      • 67 British people
      • 300 New York firefighters

      HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED DURING THE 9/11 ATTACKS?

      Of the 2,996 who died on 9/11, including the 19 hijackers, 2,606 were killed at the World Trade Center and the surrounding area.

      Both towers collapsed following the impact, with debris causing more deaths and injury on the streets below.

      Many people including the emergency response teams lost their lives trying to save others. It was the worst loss of life due to a terrorist incident on US soil.

      • Julia Fields

        TIMELINE OF EVENTS

        8:46am – The first American Airlines plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center

        9:03am – Just 20 minutes later, a second plane crashed into the South Tower

        9:37am – Later, a third plane then hit the Pentagon in Washington DC

        9:59am – The South Tower was the first to collapse after burning for around 56 minutes.

        10:03am – A fourth plane crashed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as passengers fought with the hijackers on the flight.

        10:28am – The North Tower fell not long after

      • Julia Fields

        WHEN DID 9/11 TAKE PLACE?

        On September 11, 2001, a group of al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airliners.

        Two planes – American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 75 – crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City while American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the West wall of the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

      • Julia Fields

        JILL AND JOE BIDEN PLAN TO COMMEMORATE ANNIVERSARY

        President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are expected to travel to all three sites where 9/11 attacks were carried out on Saturday to pay their respects.

        They have visits planned for New York City, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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