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Biden pays respects at Pentagon 9/11 memorial

US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, on September 11, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP)
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, on September 11, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP)

US President Joe Biden visits a 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon, concluding his tour of all three sites hit by hijacked jetliner attacks 20 years ago.

Along with First Lady Jill Biden, Biden salutes as a bugler played Taps, the US military funeral tune, at the sprawling five-sided building that is the seat of US military power.

Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff were also with the president as he laid a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 memorial.

One of the planes hijacked by al-Qaeda members on September 11, 2001 slammed into one side of the Pentagon, killing 125 people.

Earlier on Saturday, Biden attended memorial events in New York, where planes crashed into and eventually brought down the Twin Towers, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a commandeered jetliner crashed into a field after passengers overpowered the hijackers as the plane flew toward Washington.

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