Today is September 11th, 2016 – the fifteenth anniversary of the attacks on America that changed so much and affected millions in so many places.
What began as a normal, beautiful, blue skied Tuesday spiraled into a day of death and chaos all across the United States.
A series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda killed 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others.
President Obama delivered a speech outside the Pentagon, one of the places attacked on that faithful day to memorialize the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Obama began his last ever speech as commander in chief on a September 11 anniversary by remembering the ”beautiful lives” lost.
He praised the survivors of 9/11 and the families of victims saying they ”remind us there’s nothing that Americans can’t overcome.”
The President mentioned recent attacks in Orlando, Boston and San Bernardino as evidence of the treat carried by terrorist groups. He however added that “they’ll never be able to defeat a nation as strong as America,” but can only try to instill fear.
At the Shanksville park in Pennsylvania, hundreds of people are expected to attend a ceremony of the Flight 93 passengers and crew members.
The flight crashed in the Shanksville park after passengers fought the terrorists who planned to crash the plane at the capitol.
In New York, victims’ relatives and others convened at the memorial plaza, the former location of the Twin Towers which were destroyed on that Tuesday morning.
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Moments of silence were held, names of the dead were read and tolling bells were rung through out the event.
The 15th anniversary comes during a heated political campaign focused on political, economic and social issues.
In attendance were Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, the former New York Senator and Donald Trump, a New Yorker.
Partisan politics will be put on hold on the anniversary as neither candidate is expected to address the public. Their campaigns will follow a custom of halting political activities through out the day.
The twin towers location in Manhattan now has dozens of new hotels and eateries with over 60,000 residents.
That area records more visitors than ever before the September 1th attacks.