12 years ago today, thousands of people lost their lives fighting for our freedom after a terrorist attack struck the US. Today, news outlets are streaming a full tribute to remember the brave heroes that were taken from the world on September 11, 2001.
Watch the livestream below of the families and friends gathered in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. to show their support and love for those who are no longer with us.
September 11 Memorial In NYC
The memorial service is currently taking place at the National September 11 Memorial plaza in New York City. At 8:46 AM, thousands fell silent — the same moment that 12 years ago, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower at the World Trade Center.
The silence was broken by bagpipes, followed by family members of the victims reading the name of the person they lost from the 9/11 attack or from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Each name being read in the emotional ceremony is one of the 2,977 brave individuals — including 403 firefighters and police officers — who lost their life either 12 years ago or 20 years ago.
Two more moments of silence were held — one at 9:03 AM, the time Flight 175 crashed into the south tower, and the next at 9:37 AM when Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.
The president laid down a wreathe before speaking to the family members of the 184 people who had lost their lives there. “Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away,” he said at the private observance, according to CNN.
Forty names were also read in Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed into a field, in remembrance of the forty passengers and crew members who died there. A bell was rung after each name.
The memorial will continue throughout the day.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who lost someone during the September 11 attacks.
— Emily Longeretta