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Biden joins survivors and families in New York as US commemorates 20 years since 9/11 terror attacks – live

Joe Biden to join victims’ families at ceremonies in New York, at the Pentagon and at Shanksville, Pennsylvania

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The Guardian’s Edward Helmore is in Downtown Manhattan, where the memorial ceremony will soon begin at Ground Zero.

Helmore reports:

The streets of lower Manhattan were sealed off Saturday, the sky as clear as it had been on the day 20 years ago when the terrorist attacks took place.

As firefighters and police, the families of those lost on 9/11, military who had served in the Afghan and Iraq wars, assembled near Ground Zero for the remembrance, there was a pervasive sense of sorrow and respect.

“It just feels like yesterday. It really does. The loss doesn’t get less, and the pain is certainly still there. It doesn’t lessen with years, you just get to shoulder the burden a little easier. So many wives, lots of families and communities were impacted. So many people who didn’t get to see their children grow up, see them off to college.”

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have arrived at Ground Zero for the 9/11 memorial in New York. They will join the families of the victims. Former President Barack Obama will also join them. The ceremony will begin at 8:30 am.

President Joe Biden has arrived at Ground Zero for the 9/11 memorial event in New York.

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