It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the events of September 11, 2001, a day which has been forever seared into the collective memory of Americans and the world over — a day of tragedy, of resilience, of remembrance.
Two decades on and the stories from 9/11 — from the survivors, from victims’ loved ones, from the firefighters and police officers and countless other heroes who helped from both the air and on the ground — will never be forgotten.
Some of these incredible stories come from our most famous faces; from celebrities whose lives may have been spared due to last-minute decisions, or stars who helped in their own ways or were even involved on-site at Ground Zero.
Below, discover some of the most moving, unbelievable and fateful 9/11 celebrity stories.
Carlo Allegri, Getty Images1Mark Wahlberg
On the early morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Mark Wahlberg was set to board American Airlines Flight 11 — the same plane that would, mere hours later, crash into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At the last minute, the actor was invited to a Toronto film festival, so he and his friends instead chartered a private jet to attend the event.