US pauses to commemorate 9/11 anniversary

The United States has paused to commemorate its darkest day 20 years on from the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York City.

Thousands have gathered both in America and across the world to commemorate the lives of the fallen heroes – and the day the world changed forever.

President Joe Biden has visited each of the three sites where hijacked planes crashed in 2001 – including a ceremony where the World Trade Centre’s Twin Towers once stood.

Former President George W Bush, who led America through its darkest moments, was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The pair paid tribute to the heroic passengers of US Flight 93 who prevented hijackers taking control of the plane.

Former President Donald Trump did not attend the Manhattan service but instead visited the New York Police and Fire Departments where he praised them for their service to the nation and commented on the anniversary.