The September 11, 2001 attacks: Americans honor the victims of the deadliest attack in the nation's history

The September 11, 2001 attacks: Americans honor the victims of the deadliest attack in the nation’s history

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On Sunday, Americans commemorated the victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the deadliest attack in the United States in its history, which killed about three thousand people and changed “the course of American history,” according to US President Joe Biden, who traveled to the Pentagon, where kidnappers were shocked by the Al-Qaeda organization flies in the huge building that houses the headquarters of the US Department of Defense.

On Sunday, the United States commemorated the victims The attacks of September 11, 2001 That killed nearly 3,000 people and changed “the course of American history,” US President Joe Biden said.

In New York, relatives of the victims, police and firefighters and city officials gathered at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum in the southern part of Manhattan, where the names of those killed were read out as they have every year since the deadliest attack in the United States’ history.


Bells rang and the participants observed a minute’s silence at 08:46 and 09:03 (12:46 and 13.03 GMT), the exact times when passenger planes hit the North and South Trade Center towers.

Biden memorialized at the Pentagon, where Al-Qaeda hijackers rammed a plane into the huge building where the Defense Department is located, while his deputy, Kamala Harris, attended the anniversary in New York.

On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people were killed in the deadliest attacks in history, perpetrated by Al-Qaeda. Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York, and a third plane hit the Pentagon. A fourth, apparently aimed at the Capitol or the White House, crashed in a wooded area of ​​Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after a counterattack from passengers. None of the four passengers on board survived.

In Washington, the US President participated in an event organized at the Pentagon, where a plane rammed into the building, killing 184 people, and approached a wreath outside the building and put his hand on his heart. “After 21 years, we are keeping alive the memory of all the precious lives that were stolen from us at Ground Zero, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon,” he said on Twitter shortly before that.

Biden also shared a message sent on September 11, 2001, by Queen Elizabeth II, who died Thursday, to the American people. “Sadness is the price paid for love,” the Queen wrote at the time.

“The course of American history changed that day,” the US president added, but what did not change is the “nature of this nation, sacrifices, love and generosity” that the United States can do. Biden continued: “This day is not about the past, but about the future,” calling on Americans to defend democracy, the guarantor of freedom that terrorists wanted to “burrow under fire, smoke and ashes.”

For her part, US First Lady Jill Biden participated in a memorial ceremony held in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Messages of sympathy and support came from outside the country as well.


On the other hand, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter: “As we remember the events of 9/11 and the innocent lives lost, we also remember the solidarity that united us during those dark hours.” “While facing daily missile attacks, Ukraine knows very well terrorism and sincerely sympathizes with the American people,” Zelensky added in a tweet, referring to the Russian invasion of his country that killed thousands.

The sky of New York was lit up on Saturday evening with two blue rays symbolizing the Twin Towers. Besides the terrible losses with thousands of deaths and injuries, thousands more died in the following years from diseases caused by the toxic smoke from the collapse of the Twin Towers.

FRANCE 24/AFP


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