Live updates: Video shows Trump making a surprise visit to an NY firehouse on 20th anniversary of 9/11

Former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, President Joe Biden, and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, attend ceremonies to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York
Former President Barack Obama, former First Lady Michelle Obama, President Joe Biden, and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, attend ceremonies to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York AP Photo/John Minchillo
  • Saturday is the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the series of terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 in the US.
  • President Joe Biden is expected to make a series of stops for memorial services in commemoration.
  • In a message of unity, Biden on Friday honored the thousands of people who died in the attacks.
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Video showed former President Donald Trump make an unannounced appearance at a New York City firehouse
Former President Donald Trump made a visit to a New York City firehouse Saturday afternoon to meet with first responders in the city. During his meeting, he expressed support for the NYPD.

“We love the blue,” Trump said while speaking with members of the New York Police Department and Fire Department. “I’ll say it loud. You know you’re not supposed to say that. We love the blue!”

“The support I’ve been given by fire and police has been incredible,” he added.

 

Queen Elizabeth II offered “thoughts and prayers” for 9/11 victims and their families
Queen Elizabeth visits with the families of 9/11 victims at the World Trade Center site in 2010.
Queen Elizabeth II meets victims families and first responders of the attacks on September 11, 2001, during a visits Ground Zero at the World Trade Center site on July 6, 2010 in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
“My thoughts and prayers — and those of my family and the entire nation — remain with the victims, survivors, and families affected, as well as the first responders and rescue workers called to duty,” Queen Elizabeth II said in a message to President Joe Biden, Reuters reported.

“My visit to the site of the World Trade Center in 2010 is held fast in my memory,” she added. “It reminds me that as we honor those from many nations, faiths, and backgrounds who lost their lives, we also pay tribute to the resilience and determination of the communities who joined together to rebuild,” she added.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed 3 bills relating to 9/11 first responders benefits
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul
New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks with the media after visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey
New York. Gov Kathy Hochul on Saturday announced she signed three pieces of legislation into law aimed at providing 9/11 first responders with easier access to benefits.

The first piece of legislation expands the definition of those who are considered first responders at the World Trade Center recovery.

“These laws will help not only first responders who were at the World Trade Center on that terrible day and those who cleaned the site for weeks afterward, but also the emergency dispatchers and communications personnel who keep us safe today,” Hochul said in a statement Saturday. “We will ensure they receive the support and benefits they deserve.” 

The second piece of legislation signed Saturday establishes an online submission option for filing a “WTC notice of participation” statement within the state retirement system to recieve benefits. Previously, a written statement was required.

The third law defines the term “first responder in communications” and recognizes 911 operators and dispatchers as first responders, according to Hochul’s office. The legislation also requires those who employ those classified as “first responder in communications” to require particular training.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden participated in a wreath-laying ceremony for the victims of Flight 93 in Shanksville
Biden and first lady Jill Biden participate in a wreath-laying ceremony in Shanksville, PA.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden lay a wreath at the Wall of Names during a visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville. AP Photo/Evan Vucci
Former President George W. Bush said the passengers on Flight 93 ‘stood in for us all’

 

“The passengers and crew of Flight 93 could have been any group of citizens selected by fate In a sense, they stood in for us all,” Bush, who was in office at the time of the attack, said in remarks delivered Saturday in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. “The terrorists soon discovered that a random group of Americans is an exceptional group of people.” 

“Facing an impossible circumstance, they comforted their loved ones by phone, braced each other for action, and defeated designs of evil,” he added. “These Americans were brave, strong & united in ways that shocked the terrorists. It should not surprise any of us: this is the nation we know”

Vice President Kamala Harris paid tribute to the victims of Flight 93 at an event with Former President George W. Bush in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
Vice President Kamala Harris attends 9/11 tribute
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff attend a memorial for the passengers and crew of United Flight 93, Saturday September 11, 2021, in Shanksville. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Vice President Kamala Harris was joined Saturday by former President George W. Bush and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Cotton at a tribute in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to honor those who died on Flight 93. 

“What happened on Flight 93 tells us so much,” Harris said. “About the courage of those on board, who gave everything. About the resolve of the first responders, who risked everything. About the resilience of the American people.” 

“On this 20th anniversary, on this solemn day of remembrance, we must challenge ourselves to, yes, look back,” she added. “For the sake of our children. For the sake of their children. And for that reason, we must also look forward. We must also look toward the future.” 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said ‘the terror attacks on the morning of September 11th forever changed our nation and the world’
Nancy pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
“Twenty years ago, the terror attacks on the morning of September 11th forever changed our nation and the world,” Pelosi said in a Saturday morning statement. “These acts of incomprehensible evil left heartbreaking images seared into our collective memory: the Twin Towers collapsing into rubble on the streets of Manhattan, smoke billowing from the Pentagon, Flight 93 crashing down in a Pennsylvania field.” 

“Yet, the story of September 11, 2001 is also one of extraordinary heroism and hope: from the first responders who charged into danger with courage beyond measure to the everyday Americans who came together to help New York neighborhoods rebuild from the ashes,” she added.

 

 

A sixth moment of silence is held to commemorate the collapse of the north tower of the World Trade Center

 

A fifth moment of silence is held in honor of a United Airlines flight that crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania

 

A fourth moment of silence is held to commemorate the time of the collapse of the south tower of the World Trade Center

 

A third moment of silence is held for the 9:37 a.m. crash into the Pentagon

 

Former presidents plan to commemorate the anniversary
Former Presidents
Former President George W. Bush, who was in office at the time of the attacks, is expected to deliver his remarks in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the Flight 93 National Memorial. And later in the day, he is expected to host a screening of a 9/11 documentary in Dallas.

Jimmy Carter, the oldest-living former president, will observe the anniversary in private, a spokesperson told USA Today.

“President and Mrs. [Rosalynn] Carter will be honoring the memory of the fallen on 9/11 with prayer and reflection privately at home in Plains,” spokesperson Deanna Congileo said.

Former President Donald Trump said he plans to visit the 9/11 memorial in New York City on Saturday. He’s also scheduled to deliver commentary on a boxing match in Florida later Saturday night, a move his niece Mary blasted as “disgraceful.”

Bruce Springsteen performs a tribute concert
Bruce Springsteen on stage in a full suit and tie holding a brown guitar with a mic in front of him and a crowd of people and officers behind.
Bruce Springsteen performs during ceremonies to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York. AP Photo/John Minchillo
Following the second moment of silence at the World Trade Center, Springsteen performed “I’ll See You In My Dreams.”

 

A second moment of silence is held in honor of the 9:03 a.m. attack on the south tower of the World Trade Center

 

TSA officers at a Virginia airport hold their own moment of silence

 

At the World Trade Center, family members who’ve lost loved ones to the 9/11 attacks read aloud the names of the victims
A picture of a person's hands on the 9/11 memorial at the World Trade Center in New York. The hands are over the name of a family member who was killed in 9/11, making a rubbing using paper and a writing utensil.
Family members of Jayesh Shah make a rubbing of his name before ceremonies to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York. Mike Segar/Pool Photo via AP
“Joe, we love and miss you more than you could ever imagine.”

“Our son is the spitting image of you,” one woman says, speaking about her husband who was killed in the attacks.

“He lights up my world every day. I see you in everything that he does, and I know that you see us because I feel you,” she added, choking back tears. “Continue to watch over us and your family. 20 years feels like an eternity but yet it still feels like yesterday. Until we meet again, my love, rest in peace.”

 

Biden, Obama, and a crowd of Americans hold a moment of silence in honor of the 8:46 crash into the north tower of the World Trade Center.
 

 

President Joe Biden to visit three 9/11 memorial sites
Joe Biden
President Joe Biden. Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
President Joe Biden will visit three memorial services on Saturday, beginning at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan.

He and first lady Jill Biden will then travel to Pennsylvania, where they are expected to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial. 

Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff will join the Bidens at the Pentagon later in the day for another wreath-laying ceremony.

Former President Barack Obama reflects on 9/11, remembering the “heroes who have always run towards danger”

 

Biden honors the thousands dead and says “unity is our greatest strength” in a video message

 

Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks
9/11
The Twin Towers up in smoke on September 11, 2001. Robert Giroux/Getty Images
At 8:46 in the morning, a hijacked commercial airliner crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. Minutes later, the south tower was hit by another plane. 

And at 9:37 a.m. a third airliner struck the Pentagon building. A fourth crashed in Pennsylvania, killing all onboard, after passengers sought to take down the hijacker.

Within a span of less than two hours, the World Trade Center had completely collapsed.

Nearly 3,000 people died that day.

Several events are planned to mark the anniversary, including moments of silence for every strike and collapse.