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9/11 Twenty years on: Here’s how the US is marking the anniversary

Today is the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

The attacks on 11th September 2001 saw the World Trade Centre in Manhattan attacked by two passenger airplanes, the Pentagon was attacked by a single aircraft and a fourth plane was taken down as a result of courageous passengers overcoming the terrorists.

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It is believed that final plane was destined for the US Capitol or the Whitehouse.

2,977 people were killed by terrorists on 9/11, including six Irish citizens.

The 9/11 memorial, which is located at Ground Zero, is holding a morning ceremony where the names of all the victims will be read aloud.

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The ceremony will start with a moment of silence at 8.46am, to coincide with the moment the first plane hit the north tower.

After sunset, two beams of light will be projected into the sky to symbolise the two towers as part of the annual Tribute in Light.

US President Joe Biden will attend all three sites of attack; Ground Zero in Manhattan, the Pentagon in Virginia and Shanksville in Pennsylvania.

IMAGE – “UA Flight 175 hits WTC south tower” by Robert J. Fisch is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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