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Obamas, Clintons, and Bushes Commemorate 20th Anniversary of 9/11 as POTUS Visits All 3 Memorial Sites

America was looking back at the worse terrorist attack on our soil twenty years ago as tributes to the fallen of the September 11th attacks took place across the country on Saturday. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden began the day in New York, attending a memorial event at Ground Zero Saturday morning along with former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton, former first lady Michelle Obama, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

The Bidens then traveled next to the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Vice President Kamala Harris and former President George W. Bush each delivered remarks and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony there before visiting the local fire department. President Biden later participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon, but he did not deliver official remarks at any of the events out of respect for the families still grieving the loss of their loved ones.

“These memorials are really important,” Biden said at a stop at the local fire department in Shanksville. “But they’re also incredibly difficult for the people affected by them because it brings back the moment they got the phone call, it brings back the instant they got the news, no matter how years go by.”

Marking the milestone anniversary, his first as President, just weeks after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan nearly two decades after the U.S. first knocked them from power in the wake of the September 11th attacks, President Biden praised Bush’s remarks about the nation’s response to 9/11 as “a genuinely good speech about who we are.”

On Friday, President Biden signed an executive order granting a request to release documents that may show a link between Saudi Arabian leaders and the September 11th attacks. The President has directed the documents to be released over the next six months, barring a clear national security justification for keeping them classified.

Also Friday, President Biden again pointed to the pain of the loss suffered that day. “To the families of the 2,977 people from more than 90 nations killed on Sept. 11, 2001, in New York City; Arlington, Virginia; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the thousands more who were injured, America will commemorate you and your loved ones,” he said in a prerecorded video released by the White House.

“It’s so hard, whether it’s the first year or the 20th,” said Biden. “No matter how much time has passed, these commemorations bring everything painfully back as if you just got the news a few seconds ago.”



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