9/11: How Each Living Former U.S. President Will Commemorate the 20th Anniversary

by Courtney Blackann

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. The devastating events took place before 9.a.m. when two airplanes crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City. Another airplane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Yet another into the Pentagon. Thousands died.

While every American has a story about how they felt during those harrowing moments, millions will gather to remember the fallen. This includes past U.S. presidents.

Whether it’s privately or publicly, each former president will be paying respect to the memories of those who perished during that fateful day.

Former President George W. Bush was the commander-in-chief during the attacks. He was reading to school children when he received the news about the first plane striking the Twin Towers. He and his wife, Laura, will be speaking at the 9/11 memorial in Shanksville, Penn. Saturday.

The crash site is dedicated to the victims of United flight 93. After the plane was taken over by terrorists, people on board fought back in order to keep the plane from reaching its intended destination. Instead, the plane crashed into a field, killing everyone on board – but potentially saving others in D.C. where officials believe the flight was intended to go.

Other Former Presidents Share 9/11 Plans

Following the address in Shanksville, George W. Bush and Laura will host a screening of documentary “9/11: Inside the President’s War Room” at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas.

Likewise, former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will spend the morning at Ground Zero, in a ceremony dedicated to the victims and first responders who died during the September 11 attacks.

Additionally, former President Jimmy Carter, the oldest living former president at 96-years-old, said he will be honoring the moment privately.

“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,” spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said in an email, according to USA Today.

Former President Donald Trump’s plans are unknown for the morning of September 11. However, he plans to commentate a boxing match that evening in Florida.

On that morning, as Americans learned the horrors of what was happening, classes were canceled. Parents left work. Families cried. Busy skies dotted with thousands of planes slowly faded. Suddenly, no sounds of jet engines sounded from above as airlines grounded their planes, uncertain of the next steps.

A timeline of photos shows the day as it unfolds, urging everyone to remember and pay tribute to the lives taken that day. Between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. thousands of Americans perished. Many went missing. Several first responders who died at the scene weren’t found for weeks.