Ceremony in Ottawa commemorates 20th anniversary of 9/11 terror attacks
A moment of silence was followed by the sound of bagpipes ringing out in lament as officials from Canada, the U.S. and other countries gathered in Ottawa this morning for a sombre ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed after 19 hijackers from al-Qaeda, a terrorist group then led by Osama Bin Laden, commandeered four passenger jets that day in 2001 and crashed them into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City and the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C.
The fourth plane was brought down in an open field near Shanksville, Pa., before it could reach its intended target following a struggle onboard involving some of the passengers.
It was the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history, the aftermath of which ushered in a new era in global politics characterized by the U.S.-led “war on terror,” and…