President Barack Obama to lead nation in remembering those killed on 9/11

The American flag is flying at half-staff atop the White House and other federal buildings.

By: AP | Washington | Published:September 11, 2016 8:15 pm
9/11 us, 9/11 attacks, 9/11 anniversary, 9/11 wtc, world trade centre, world trade centre attacks, wtc attacks, us attacks, new york attacks, us attacks, world news President Barak Obama sits onstage before delivering remarks at a Sept. 11 observance ceremony at the Pentagon. (AP Photo)

President Barack Obama is joining the nation in remembering the nearly 3,000 people who died in the September 11 attacks 15 years ago.

Obama is observing the somber anniversary with a moment of silence in the White House residence at 8:46 am EDT. That’s when the first of four hijacked airplanes slammed into the north tower of New York City’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Afterward, Obama will address a Pentagon memorial service.

The American flag is flying at half-staff atop the White House and other federal buildings. Obama has invited governors, interested organizations and individuals to follow suit.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed in New York, Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon when al-Qaida terrorists crashed the airplanes in those locations.

US forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden nearly a decade later during a May 2011 raid that Obama authorized on his Pakistani hideout.