9/11 anniversary: Biden joins survivors and families as US marks 20 years since terror attacks – live

Leaders attend ceremonies in New York, at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania• Sign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 3.26pm BST Vice President Kamala Harris is in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the memorial ceremony remembering the victims of Flight 93. At 10:03 am on 9/11, Flight 93 crashed into a field near this small town. 3.10pm BST The US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, spoke at the Pentagon memorial ceremony, where he expressed his condolences and said that America must be “tireless” in protecting its values of liberties, rights, and the rule of law. “On behalf of the Department of Defense, let me renew our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of all those lost on 9/11, including the 184 souls taken from us in the attack on the Pentagon, in the building, and on Flight 77. We know that you carry pain every day. We know that you bear your losses—not just at times of ceremony, but also in ordinary moments of absence, in quiet minutes that can seem to stretch on for hours,” Austin said. “All of us are here because we remember, and I hope knowing that is at least some measure of comfort.” Continue reading…
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