Updated at 11 am EDT
At 8:46 am EDT, President Barack Obama ,Vice President Joe Biden, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden stood with White House staff on the South Lawn for a moment of silence marking the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The president was traveling across the Potomac River for a 9:30 am remembrance outside the Pentagon, one of three targets hit by hijacked airliners on 9/11.
At 2 pm, the president would take part in a service project on this day which Congress has designated a national day of service in honor of those who died in New York, at the Pentagon and in a field in Pennsylvania.
Yesterday, Press Secretary Jay Carney issued a statement about ongoing meetings instigated by this day in history:
“Earlier today the President met with key national security principals on our preparedness and security posture on the eve of the twelfth anniversary of September 11th. Over the past several months, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco has convened numerous meetings to review security measures in place for this anniversary, as well as other global threats, including the recent threat emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.”
“The President’s National Security team is taking measures to prevent 9/11 related attacks and to ensure the protection of U.S. persons and facilities abroad. The President reiterated that protecting the American people, both at home and abroad, is the Administration’s top national security priority.”
“September 11th has been a day of remembrance for 12 years for Americans and others around the world. The events of last year, losing four brave Americans – Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – brought home the reality of the challenges we face in the world. As we near this day of remembrance, we continue to mourn the death of our cherished colleagues and honor their dedication to public service. We remain committed to bringing the perpetrators of the Benghazi attacks to justice and to ensuring the safety of our brave personnel serving overseas.”
President and Mrs. Obama, VP Biden and Dr. Biden observe a moment of silence to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 pic.twitter.com/zNLmhB3hmB
— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) September 11, 2013