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America Remembers: 20 Years Later

The September 11, 2001, attacks on America still reverberate.

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College student puts nearly 3,000 U.S. flags from 9/11 display into trash bags in protest

Fadel Alkilani, a vice president of finance for the Student Union, acknowledged that he removed the flags on Saturday and put them in plastic bags as part of a protest.
Washington University in St. Louis.
Washington University in St. Louis.

Her father was a ground zero paramedic. He returned home a different person.

Carlos Nuñez, a Dominican American paramedic, rushed into a building after the first plane hit. The family's initial fears when he wasn't home that night still haunt his daughter.
Carlos Nuñez, a paramedic, right, stands covered in dust after the collapse of the Twin Towers, in N.Y., on Sept. 11, 2001.
Carlos Nuñez, a paramedic, right, stands covered in dust after the collapse of the Twin Towers, in N.Y., on Sept. 11, 2001.

World leaders pay tribute to 9/11 victims and survivors

"Even in the darkest, most trying of times, the very best of human nature can shine through," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.
New York City Commemorates 20th Anniversary Of 9/11 Terror Attacks
New York City Commemorates 20th Anniversary Of 9/11 Terror Attacks

A Sikh man was the first victim of a wave of post-9/11 hate crimes on turbaned men

"The only thing I look at is if you can educate people enough to be understanding and respect other people, that’s the key point," Rana Singh Sodhi said.
Image: A memorial for Balbir Singh Sodhi who was killed outside his gas station.
Image: A memorial for Balbir Singh Sodhi who was killed outside his gas station.

Chinatown residents suffered in silence in decades since 9/11

In the aftermath, language and cultural barriers hid the community’s emotional trauma.
Image: May Chen in Confucius Plaza, where she was 20 years ago when the twin towers fell.
Image: May Chen in Confucius Plaza, where she was 20 years ago when the twin towers fell.

Did we win the war on terror?

Many national security experts say the U.S. is now much less vulnerable to international terrorism than it was when New York and the Pentagon were struck.
Taliban fighters armed with American weapons and equipment patrol and secure the outer perimeter alongside the American controlled side of of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 29, 2021.
Taliban fighters armed with American weapons and equipment patrol and secure the outer perimeter alongside the American controlled side of of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 29, 2021.

'You were the decoy': Youngest congressman recalls frenzied 9/11 spent with Bush

Twenty years ago, Adam Putnam became an unlikely behind-the-scenes witness to a commander in chief in the crucible of the nation's greatest calamity since at least Pearl Harbor.
Rep. Adam Putnam, right, R-Bartow, Fla., and Sarasota County Sheriff's Advisor Larry Berberich look at television reports of the terrorist acts upon the World Trade Center while waiting for President Bush, on Sept. 11, 2001 in Sarasota, Fla.
Rep. Adam Putnam, right, R-Bartow, Fla., and Sarasota County Sheriff's Advisor Larry Berberich look at television reports of the terrorist acts upon the World Trade Center while waiting for President Bush, on Sept. 11, 2001 in Sarasota, Fla.

'Kind of the Wild West': The quiet, questionable existence of American fusion centers

Critics say billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent with little to show for it.
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Syndication: NorthJersey

Americans are more pessimistic and divided two decades after 9/11, polls show

Before and immediately after the attacks, Americans were much more bullish about the future and the political parties than they are today, according to an NBC News polling analysis.
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It's been two decades since 9/11. America is not the same — and never will be.

"The United States is a far less confident and optimistic nation now than it was in September 2001," historian Michael J. Allen said.
Image: Attack on New York
Image: Attack on New York

20 years and 4 leaders later, U.S. war on terrorism puts focus on presidential powers

Now 20 years old, and with a fourth president at the helm, the U.S. war on terrorism has changed dramatically in important ways.
Illustration of Presidents Joe Biden, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, cutouts of the Twin Towers and photos of anti-war protests and soldiers.
Illustration of Presidents Joe Biden, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, cutouts of the Twin Towers and photos of anti-war protests and soldiers.

From the 15th Anniversary

9/11: In Our Own Words