President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump today led a moment of silence in the gardens of the South Wing of the White House in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
On the sixteenth anniversary of the attacks, Trump’s first in the White House, the president and his wife participated in the moment of silence accompanied by the staff of the presidential residence.
The moment of silence was made, as in previous years, at 08.46 local time (12.46 GMT) to remember the moment when a first plane crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers in New York on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Trump and the first lady will then travel to the Pentagon to attend a ceremony there to honor the more than 3,000 fatalities that led to the attacks and their families.
In addition to the two aircraft that hit the Twin Towers, a third aircraft crashed outside Washington on one of the facades of the Pentagon, home of the US Defense, killing 125 people inside the building and at 64 that went on board.
Also on September 11 a fourth aircraft crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers struggled with the terrorists to try to regain control of the plane.
Today, US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife will be in Shanksville to pay homage to the Heroes of that Flight 93 and their families.