Obama observes September 11th with moment of silence

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join White House staff on the south lawn to mark the 14th anniversay of the September 11th attacks.

WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 11, 2015) (NBC) – U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama staff marked the 14th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on Friday (September 11) by observing a moment of silence.

The Obamas, dressed in muted black, were joined by White house staff on the South Lawn for the moment of silence which began at 8:46 a.m. (1246 GMT), the minute the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. A second jet crashed into the South Town of World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. Two other commercial jets crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Following the observance, a bugler played “Taps,” a song traditionally played at military funerals.

Later on Friday, Obama will hold a town hall-style meeting with military service members at Fort Meade, an army base in Maryland.