9/11 20th anniversary – Tributes to Flight 93's Todd Beamer as Biden visits Ground Zero but 'Trump skips site visit'

Flight 93's Todd Beamer was remembered on Saturday as the Bidens, Obamas, and Clintons all paid their respects and Donald Trump "skipped Ground Zero" on the 20th anniversary of the attack.

Tributes poured in on 9/11 for Todd Morgan Beamer, 32 — one of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 when it was hijacked in 2001.

Beamer was last heard saying "let's roll" before he attempted to take back control of the hijacked aircraft on 9/11.

President Joe Biden, First Lady Dr Jill Biden, and other past presidents and their wives visited the Ground Zero site where the World Trade Center twin towers fell 20 years ago.

However, Trump chose to spend the September 11 anniversary by making a surprise visit to a fire station and New York City police precinct.

Speaking to police officers at the 17th precinct, Trump slammed the United States withdrawal from Afghanistan as "gross incompetence," NBC New York reported.

Meanwhile, Jill Biden was seen wiping tears from her eyes as family members of 9/11 victims read the names of those lost in the attacks.

Almost 3,000 people lost their lives between the attacks at the Pentagon, World Trade Center and the Twin Towers.

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

 

  • Danielle Cinone

    'YOUR COURAGE GIVES US COURAGE'

    Biden and his wife remember the lives lost 20 years ago.

    The President’s 9/11 tweet read: “We honor those lives lost on Flight 93 on that dark day in history 20 years ago.

    “No matter how much time has passed, these commemorations bring everything painfully back for their loved ones.”

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    WHAT IS THE TIMELINE OF EVENTS ON 9/11?

    The 9/11 terror attacks occurred 20 years ago. Here is a timeline of the day:

    • 5:45am – Hijackers get through security in Portland, Maine and board American Airlines Flight 11 that was scheduled to fly to Boston.
    • 7:59am – American Airlines Flight 11 takes off from Boston to Los Angeles. The plane is carrying 76 passengers, 11 crew and five hijackers.
    • 8:15am – United Airlines Flight 175, carrying 51 passengers, nine crew and five hijackers, takes off from Boston to Los Angeles.
    • 8:20am -American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Washington, DC. The plane is carrying 53 passengers, six crew and five hijackers.
    • 8:42am – United Airlines Flight 93 takes off from Newark. The plane is carrying 33 passengers, seven crew and four hijackers. The flight was bound to San Francisco.
    • 8:46am – Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
    • 9:03am – Flight 175 hits the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
    • 9:36am – Vice President Dick Cheney is evacuated by Secret Service agents to an undisclosed location.
    • 9:37am – Flight 77 hits the Pentagon building in Washington, DC.
    • 9:45am – The US Capitol and White House are both evacuated.
    • 9:59am – The South Tower was the first to collapse after burning for around 56 minutes.
    • 10:03am – United Airlines flight 93 crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The passengers and crew got together and stormed the cockpit of the hijacked plane. All passengers on board are killed.
    • 10:28am – The North Towercollapses.
    • 8:30pm – President George W. Bush addresses the US from the White House regarding the attacks. Almost 3,000 Americans died in the terror attacks.

    FAMILIES MOURN FIRST RESPONDERS WHO DIED AFTER ATTACK

    The brother of Detective Luis Alvarez, who died from 9/11-related cancer 15 years after the attacks, has warned that New Yorkers were breathing deadly toxins from Ground Zero for months after Twin Towers fell.

    Phil Alvarez, a former cop and now Director of Outreach and Education for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Claims, told The Sun that “people will continue to get sick” decades after the atrocity.

    Luis, or “Lou” as his family called him, was a man of few words – but when it came to getting justice for first responders exposed to the hazardous debris, he was vocal and took the issue to lawmakers in Washington, DC.

    His activism resulted in the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” (2019) which extended the VCF permanently.

    Luis died 15 days after the bill was passed by Congress, leaving behind his wife and three sons, now aged 18, 21, and 29.

    Luis’ unit was sent to Ground Zero on the afternoon of 9/11, and he “went right on the pile” as the rescue mission rapidly changed into a recovery operation after the deadly al-Qaeda strike.

    • Danielle Cinone

      TRUMP VISITS NEW YORK POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS

      Saturday afternoon, former President Donald Trump visited a police precinct and a fire station in Manhattan to greet officers.

      Trump was absent at the memorial ceremony at Ground Zero Saturday morning, but it was previously reported he would visit the site later in the day on September 11.

      In Manhattan, the former president was pictured smiling and shaking hands as he surprised NYPD and FDNY.

      “We’re not supposed to say it, but I’ll say it. We love the Blue,” he told the crowd.

    • Danielle Cinone

      AL-QAEDA GROUP POSTS UNNERVING DOCUMENTARY GLOATING ABOUT 9/11 ATTACKS

      The propaganda video has been shared as American marked 20 years since 3,000 people were slaughtered after terrorists hijacked airlines smashed into the Twins Towers in New York and the Pentagon, Washington DC. 

      The 60-minute video appears to show a pro-Al-Qaeda media group claiming the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan as a victory for the murderous terror group. 

      Rita Katz, of the global terrorist monitoring group Site Intel, said: “The video uses clips from Taliban media, showing its fighters.

      “Yet another signal of the importance of the Taliban in the global jihadist movement’s narrative since 9/11, and how the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan is also al-Qaeda’s victory.”

    • Danielle Cinone

      BIDEN COMPLIMENTS GEORGE W. BUSH’S SPEECH

      President Biden praised former President Bush’s speech from early this afternoon in Shanksville, PA.

      “I thought that President Bush made a really good speech today, a genuinely good speech about who we are,” Biden said. “The core of who we are is not divided.”

      In his remarks, Bush called for unity, pleading for peace and cooperation in the modern American age.

      “In the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks, I was proud to lead an amazing, resilient, united people,” Bush said to the crowd.

      But today, he said, every disagreement is a “clash of cultures.”

      Bush also spent time thanking US troops for their service.

      “You have shielded your fellow citizens from danger,” Bush said. “You have defended the beliefs of your country and advanced the rights of the downtrodden.”

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHAT DID TRUMP SAY IN HIS VIDEO ABOUT 9/11?

      In a 90-second video, Trump sent a message of support for 9/11 victims’ families. He also used his screentime to take a swipe at Joe Biden.

      “For the great people of our country this is a very sad day,” Trump said in the video which was shared online. “September 11 represents great sorrow for our country.”

      “Many things were displayed that day, including most importantly the bravery of our police, fire, and first responders of every kind, the job they did was truly unbelievable,” said Trump. “We love them and we thank them.”

      He then turned his attention to taking aim at Biden and his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

      “It is also a sad time for the way our war on those that did such harm to our country ended last week, the loss of 13 great warriors and the many more who were wounded, should never have happened,” Trump said in the video.

      “It was caused by bad planning, incredible weakness, and leaders who truly didn’t understand what was happening. This is the 20th year of this war, and should have been a year of victory and honor, and strength.”

    • Danielle Cinone

      'WE NEVER FORGET'

      Biden took to Twitter on 9/11 to say: "We never forget the children who have grown up without parents. Parents who have suffered without children.

      "Husbands and wives who had to find a way forward without their partners. Brothers, sisters, loved ones."

    • Danielle Cinone

      BIDEN CONTINUES THE TRADITION OF VISITS TO SHANKSVILLE

      President Joe Biden arrived in Shanksville, PA, early this afternoon.

      The President, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, visited the memorial site where Vice President Kamala Harris made remarks earlier.

      After placing a wreath of red and white roses, Biden went to the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department, a visit he’s made in previous years.

    • Danielle Cinone

      FAMILIES MOURN FIRST RESPONDERS WHO DIED AFTER ATTACK

      The brother of Detective Luis Alvarez, who died from 9/11-related cancer 15 years after the attacks, has warned that New Yorkers were breathing deadly toxins from Ground Zero for months after Twin Towers fell.

      Phil Alvarez, a former cop and now Director of Outreach and Education for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Claims, told The Sun that “people will continue to get sick” decades after the atrocity.

      Luis, or “Lou” as his family called him, was a man of few words – but when it came to getting justice for first responders exposed to the hazardous debris, he was vocal and took the issue to lawmakers in Washington, DC.

      His activism resulted in the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” (2019) which extended the VCF permanently.

      Luis died 15 days after the bill was passed by Congress, leaving behind his wife and three sons, now aged 18, 21, and 29.

      Luis’ unit was sent to Ground Zero on the afternoon of 9/11, and he “went right on the pile” as the rescue mission rapidly changed into a recovery operation after the deadly al-Qaeda strike.

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE PENTAGON TODAY?

      To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the US flag was unfurled at sunrise at the Pentagon.

      A private ceremony was held Saturday morning, and a public ceremony will follow.

      A moment of silence was observed at 9:37am, in recognition of the moment American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the western side of the Pentagon.

    • Danielle Cinone

      HAMILTON STAR CHRISTOPHER JACKSON SINGS AT 9/11 CEREMONY

      Christopher Jackson, who played the first US president George Washington in the Broadway musical Hamilton, performed on Saturday morning at Ground Zero.

      Jackson performed the song You’ll Never Be Alone as many victims’ family members wiped away tears in the audience.

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHEN DID THE FREEDOM TOWER OPEN?

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

      The centerpiece 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.

    • Danielle Cinone

      FAMILY MEMBERS READ NAMES OF 9/11 VICTIMS

      First Lady Jill Biden was seen wiping tears from her eyes as family members of 9/11 victims read the names of those lost in the attacks.

      The ceremony at Ground Zero began memorial efforts for the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack.

      Almost 3,000 people lost their lives between the attacks at the Pentagon, World Trade Center and the Twin Towers.

      The breakdown of the deaths include:

      • 2,763 civilians at the World Trade Center
      • 189 people at the Pentagon
      • 44 people on Flight 93

      Along with almost 3,000 deaths, another 25,000 were injured as a result.

      WHERE CAN I WATCH 9/11 SPECIALS TONIGHT?

      Following news coverage earlier today, CNN and NBC are both showing commemorative specials for September 11 this evening.

      CNN

      • Front Row to History: The 9/11 Classroom: Begins airing at 7pm ET
      • Shine A Light: Airs at 8pm ET with musical guests H.E.R., Common, and Brad Paisley.
      • 9/11: Airs at 9pm ET.

      NBC

      • NBC Nightly News: Coverage will take place at Ground Zero at 6.30pm ET.
      • H. J. Hayes

        WHERE IS GEORGE W. BUSH TONIGHT?

        On September 11, Bush and Vice President Kamala Harris arrived at the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to deliver remarks before visiting the Pentagon – participating in wreath-laying ceremonies at both locations.

        Bush, alongside Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, VP Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, arrived in Shanksville, PA, shortly after 10am on Saturday, September 11.

        Former first lady Laura Bush was also in attendance.

        President Joe Biden is expected to join Bush and Harris at the Flight 93 memorial after attending the memorial event at Ground Zero in New York City – where former presidents Obama and Bill Clinton joined him.

        After his remarks at the Flight 93 memorial, Bush and his wife will host a screening of the documentary “9/11: Inside the President’s War Room” at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

      • H. J. Hayes

        AL-QAEDA GROUP POSTS UNNERVING DOCUMENTARY GLOATING ABOUT 9/11 ATTACKS

        The propaganda video has been shared as American marked 20 years since 3,000 people were slaughtered after terrorists hijacked airlines smashed into the Twins Towers in New York and the Pentagon, Washington DC. 

        The 60-minute video appears to show a pro-Al-Qaeda media group claiming the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan as a victory for the murderous terror group. 

        Rita Katz, of the global terrorist monitoring group Site Intel, said: "The video uses clips from Taliban media, showing its fighters.

        "Yet another signal of the importance of the Taliban in the global jihadist movement’s narrative since 9/11, and how the Taliban's victory in Afghanistan is also al-Qaeda's victory."

      • H. J. Hayes

        BIDEN COMPLIMENTS GEORGE W. BUSH'S SPEECH

        President Biden praised former President Bush's speech from early this afternoon in Shanksville, PA.

        "I thought that President Bush made a really good speech today, a genuinely good speech about who we are," Biden said. "The core of who we are is not divided."

        In his remarks, Bush called for unity, pleading for peace and cooperation in the modern American age.

        “In the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks, I was proud to lead an amazing, resilient, united people,” Bush said to the crowd.

        But today, he said, every disagreement is a "clash of cultures."

        Bush also spent time thanking US troops for their service.

        "You have shielded your fellow citizens from danger," Bush said. "You have defended the beliefs of your country and advanced the rights of the downtrodden.”

         

      • H. J. Hayes

        WHAT DID TRUMP SAY IN HIS VIDEO ABOUT 9/11?

        In a 90-second video, Trump sent a message of support for 9/11 victims' families. He also used his screentime to take a swipe at Joe Biden.

        “For the great people of our country this is a very sad day,” Trump said in the video which was shared online. “September 11 represents great sorrow for our country.”

        “Many things were displayed that day, including most importantly the bravery of our police, fire, and first responders of every kind, the job they did was truly unbelievable,” said Trump. “We love them and we thank them.”

        He then turned his attention to taking aim at Biden and his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

        “It is also a sad time for the way our war on those that did such harm to our country ended last week, the loss of 13 great warriors and the many more who were wounded, should never have happened,” Trump said in the video.

        “It was caused by bad planning, incredible weakness, and leaders who truly didn’t understand what was happening. This is the 20th year of this war, and should have been a year of victory and honor, and strength.”

      • H. J. Hayes

        TRUMP VISITS NEW YORK POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS

        Saturday afternoon, former President Donald Trump visited a police precinct and a fire station in Manhattan to greet officers.

        Trump was absent at the memorial ceremony at Ground Zero Saturday morning, but it was previously reported he would visit the site later in the day on September 11.

        In Manhattan, the former president was pictured smiling and shaking hands as he surprised NYPD and FDNY.

        “We’re not supposed to say it, but I’ll say it. We love the Blue,” he told the crowd.

      • H. J. Hayes

        FAMILIES MOURN FIRST RESPONDERS WHO DIED AFTER ATTACK

        The brother of Detective Luis Alvarez, who died from 9/11-related cancer 15 years after the attacks, has warned that New Yorkers were breathing deadly toxins from Ground Zero for months after Twin Towers fell.

        Phil Alvarez, a former cop and now Director of Outreach and Education for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Claims, told The Sun that "people will continue to get sick" decades after the atrocity.

        Luis, or "Lou" as his family called him, was a man of few words – but when it came to getting justice for first responders exposed to the hazardous debris, he was vocal and took the issue to lawmakers in Washington, DC.

        His activism resulted in the "Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act" (2019) which extended the VCF permanently.

        Luis died 15 days after the bill was passed by Congress, leaving behind his wife and three sons, now aged 18, 21, and 29.

        Luis' unit was sent to Ground Zero on the afternoon of 9/11, and he "went right on the pile" as the rescue mission rapidly changed into a recovery operation after the deadly al-Qaeda strike.

      • H. J. Hayes

        BIDEN CONTINUES THE TRADITION OF VISITS TO SHANKSVILLE

        President Joe Biden arrived in Shanksville, PA, early this afternoon.

        The President, accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden, visited the memorial site where Vice President Kamala Harris made remarks earlier.

        After placing a wreath of red and white roses, Biden went to the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department, a visit he's made in previous years.

      • H. J. Hayes

        HOW MANY FIREFIGHTERS WERE KILLED ON 9/11?

        343 of the victims who died on September 11, 2001 were firefighters.

        Tragically, there were 75 firehouses in which at least one member was killed, and the FDNY also lost its department chief and first deputy commissioner.

        Around 10,000 emergency personnel and civilians rely on the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund to treat serious health problems related to the attacks, officials said this month.

        As well as the 2,977 killed that day in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania, over 3,000 first responders and civilians have died of cancers linked to 9/11 toxins.

        The attack, in which 19 Al-Qaeda suicide bombers hijacked four passenger jets, remains the deadliest terror strike on US soil.

         

      • H. J. Hayes

        WHAT IS THE TIMELINE OF EVENTS ON 9/11?

        The 9/11 terror attacks occurred 20 years ago. Here is a timeline of the day:

        • 5:45am – Hijackers get through security in Portland, Maine and board American Airlines Flight 11 that was scheduled to fly to Boston.
        • 7:59am – American Airlines Flight 11 takes off from Boston to Los Angeles. The plane is carrying 76 passengers, 11 crew and five hijackers.
        • 8:15am – United Airlines Flight 175, carrying 51 passengers, nine crew and five hijackers, takes off from Boston to Los Angeles.
        • 8:20am -American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Washington, DC. The plane is carrying 53 passengers, six crew and five hijackers.
        • 8:42am – United Airlines Flight 93 takes off from Newark. The plane is carrying 33 passengers, seven crew and four hijackers. The flight was bound to San Francisco.
        • 8:46am – Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
        • 9:03am – Flight 175 hits the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
        • 9:36am – Vice President Dick Cheney is evacuated by Secret Service agents to an undisclosed location.
        • 9:37am – Flight 77 hits the Pentagon building in Washington, DC.
        • 9:45am – The US Capitol and White House are both evacuated.
        • 9:59am – The South Tower was the first to collapse after burning for around 56 minutes.
        • 10:03am – United Airlines flight 93 crashes into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The passengers and crew got together and stormed the cockpit of the hijacked plane. All passengers on board are killed.
        • 10:28am – The North Towercollapses.
        • 8:30pm – President George W. Bush addresses the US from the White House regarding the attacks. Almost 3,000 Americans died in the terror attacks.

        TRUMP ALSO RELEASED MEMORIAL VIDEO

        Former President Donald Trump sent a video message of support and also took a swipe at Joe Biden.

        “For the great people of our country this is a very sad day,” Trump said in the 90-second long video which was shared online. “September 11 represents great sorrow for our country.”

        “Many things were displayed that day, including most importantly the bravery of our police, fire, and first responders of every kind, the job they did was truly unbelievable,” said Trump. “We love them and we thank them.”

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