U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Monday participated in 9/11 observance ceremonies – his first since his presidential victory – commemorating the 2001 terror attacks on New York that are marked annually in America.
The US commander in chief and his spouse, flanked by White House personnel, held a minute of silence, standing on the White House South Lawn, paying tribute to the moment that the first plane hit the north tower of NYC’s Twin Towers.
Trump and first lady Melania thereafter attended a ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, meanwhile, marked the sombre occasion in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the site where United Airlines flight 93 crashed.
The 16th anniversary of the 2001 attacks was also marked in New York, with family members of the near-3,000 victims reading out their names at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum.