New York City was awash in 9/11 observances on Saturday, as the city marked 20 years to the day that the World Trade Centers were brought down by terrorists flying commercial jets into them.
The relatives of the victims killed in NYC were treated with a surprise performance by Bruce Springsteen, who sang an acoustic version of his song called “I’ll See You In My Dreams.”
The 9/11 Memorial Plaza hosted the mourners, who were all adorned with a single red rose. NYPD bagpipers performed outside the memorial, and Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and former NYC Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg were all on hand to commemorate the events that occurred on September 11, 2001.
Giuliana had actually warned Biden to not attend the ceremony at Memorial Park, but he did show up with his wife Jill but did not speak.
The size of the crowd was limited because of COVID restrictions, and only family members of those that died in the terrorist attacks were allowed to attend.
Hundreds of current and former firefighters from all over the nation came to NYC to pay respects to the NYFD heroes who lost their lives trying to save people from the burning buildings before they collapsed.
There was a very strong show of security on hand too, with multi-jurisdictional law enforcement personnel flanked the perimeter of the ceremony.
The names of all 2,977 people killed in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania on 9/11 were read out loud by family members.
The roll call of victims’ had to be stopped six separate times to allow for the tolling of a bell that marked the horrific moments that the attacks were carried out, beginning with a bell toll at 8:46 a.m., which is the time the American Airlines jet flew directly into the North Tower.
Former President George W. Use was in Shanksville, PA to take part in the service there, and former President Donald Trump was scheduled to visit Ground Zero later on Saturday.