Three US presidents commemorated together

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US President Joe Biden, who became a senator on September 11, 2001, attended the commemoration ceremony in New York, this time as US president, on the 20th anniversary of the attacks. Biden was accompanied at the ceremony by his Democratic predecessors Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Mike Low, who lost his daughter Sarah in the bombings, delivered a speech at the ceremony where the US national anthem was played after a minute of silence. Low said September 11 should be commemorated with the faces of ordinary people, rather than the dates and numbers of missing people.


The area where the Twin Towers are located, which was destroyed by planes hijacked by terrorists in New York, has been the scene of a light show this year, like every year. The light system called “Tribute in Light”, which was set up in memory of around 3,000 people who lost their lives in the attacks, was tested before September 11.

Six months after the September 11 attacks, the lighting system installed in the Twin Towers area is made up of 88 7,000-watt xenon lamps placed over an area of ​​approximately 4,500 square meters. The light set installed at zero point can travel up to 6.5 kilometers in the sky and can be seen even 100 kilometers from Manhattan.

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Biden underscored national unity with a video message ahead of the ceremony in New York City. After New York, Biden and the former US presidents who accompanied him also attended ceremonies held in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and Washington, which was the target of attacks. In Shanksville, then-President George W. Bush also delivered a speech on September 11.


2,977 people were killed in the 19 hijacker attacks by al-Qaeda on the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon building and Pennsylvania. The world watched the horror live on TV, and then the United States intervened in Afghanistan and Iraq, saying it would end Al Qaeda. In the 20th year of the attack, the United States withdrew from Afghanistan by reaching a deal with its rival, the Taliban.

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