20 years after the deadly attack of 9/11, children and countrymen alike remember and honor the memories of the thousands of lives lost. In a ceremony of silent solidarity, people gathered around the NYC attack site around 8:46 a.m. for a moment of silence, followed by multiple more moments of silence held.

In an earlier video message today by the president of the United States, Joe Biden calls for unity and offers hope for the future to come. This comes side by side as the president visited all three sites of the terrorist attack starting in New York City in the morning. World leaders have also offered support and solidarity to the nation, especially to the affectees and survivors of the inhumane attack.

President Joe Biden at the NYC attack site was joined by former elected presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, along with many other notable figures. The President also addressed the nation with another message through his Twitter account:

“We never forget.

We never forget the children who have grown up without parents. Parents who have suffered without children. Husbands and wives had to find a way forward without their partners. Brothers, sisters, loved ones.

Jill and I hold you close in our hearts.”

People honor the day with their rituals and commemorations, as a collective ceremony brings the nation together as well. There are accounts of survivors sharing their memories of the day. As time progresses, the incident is moving from memory to history in the minds of the generation to come. This also reminds us of the tension-filled situation of the U.S. army’s abrupt withdrawal from Afghanistan, which was a direct result of the incident we commemorate today.