The sun is rising over the 9/11 memorial on the 20th anniversary of the attacks. It’s a bright blue, late summer day, eerily similar to the fateful morning in 2001.
Today is a solemn one for New Yorkers, who are remembering the horrifying events of that September day - the overwhelming loss of life, the chaos, the fear, yet also the heroism of the first responders who rushed here, and now the resilience of a city 20 years on.
One hour until the first moment of silence
There will be a citywide moment of silence in New York City at 08:46 local time (13:46 BST). That is the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center. That will be followed by the reading aloud of the names of all 2,977 victims of the attacks, by bereaved relatives. Through the morning, the reading of the names will be paused at the moments each plane crashed, and the moments each of the two buildings collapsed.
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