The US will recognize the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks tomorrow, with a number of memorials being held around the country. In New York City, families will gather at the 9/11 Memorial plaza to read aloud the names of the thousands of victims killed in the attacks, followed by the annual Tribute in Light (see video).
The day remains the deadliest terrorist attack in modern history (see day-of photos). In total, 2,977 people were directly killed — 2,606 in the World Trade Center, 246 across four hijacked planes, and 125 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
Forty of the victims were aboard United Flight 93, which crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as passengers attempted to overtake the hijackers, whose intended target was the US Capitol. Read a detailed account here (paywall, Philadelphia Inquirer).
More than 25,000 people were injured in the aftermath, with many suffering long-term health consequences. The remains of two victims from the twin towers were positively identified Wednesday using DNA analysis; remains from more than 1,000 victims were never recovered.
The attacks were the catalyst for protracted wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (see timelines here and here). While the latter war ended in 2011, tomorrow’s anniversary comes as the Taliban — booted from power in 2001 — have retaken control of Afghanistan amid a US withdrawal that has drawn bipartisan criticism. Almost 11,000 US troops and contractors were killed across both missions, with estimates projecting a total combined cost exceeding $2T, with interest on the debt used to finance operations reaching $6.5T by 2020.
President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit all three memorial sites tomorrow. The trips follow an executive order declassifying documents detailing the lead-up to the attacks, including Saudi Arabia’s potential role.
Almost a quarter of the current US population was born after 9/11. Read some of the stories from the roughly 13,000 people who celebrate their 20th birthday tomorrow.
Finally, see newspaper headlines from the day after the attacks here.
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Who Was the Falling Man?
The Ringer | Bryan Curtis. Behind the search for the identity of a man, whose final seconds — captured in a photograph — encapsulate the visceral horror of 9/11. (Read)
Editor’s note: The original Esquire piece, found here, has been placed behind a paywall.
‘Get Out Now’
The Conversation | Anita McBride. Eyewitness accounts from inside the former President George W. Bush’s White House as the events of Sept. 11 unfolded. (Read)
The Home Run
ESPN | Ryan Hockensmith. In the first sporting event held in post-9/11 New York City, a home run by slugger Mike Piazza provided a cathartic moment for a grieving city. (Read)
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