– 21 years later, America pays tribute to the victims
On September 11, 2001, Americans were honored on Sunday for the nearly 3,000 people killed in the worst attacks in their history.
In New York, a crowd gathered near the impressive Manhattan Memorial Museum held a two-minute silence to mark the exact moments two planes hijacked by Islamist commandos hit the World Trade Center towers.
In the audience, Vice President Kamala Harris asked for a very long list of victims’ names. President Joe Biden attended another ceremony at the Pentagon.
“Grief fades little by little with time, but the permanent absence of my father remains,” said the son of one of the victims, John Leslie Albert, after his father’s name was read.
‘No need for another tragedy’
Another relative of the victim called on political figures there to heal America’s deep divisions, asserting that “we don’t need another tragedy to unite our nation.”
On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people died in one of the deadliest attacks in history by the jihadist organization al-Qaeda.
Two planes hit the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York, a third opened fire on the Pentagon and a fourth, which appeared to be aimed at the Capitol or White House, crashed in a wooded area in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Passenger counter attack. None of the four planes survived.
Biden at the Pentagon
In Washington, President Joe Biden gathered at the Pentagon. Elegant and with his hand in his heart, he took part in a wreath-laying ceremony near the building where a hijacked plane crashed, killing 184 people.
“We will never forget,” he tweeted earlier, pledging to “keep alive the memory of the precious lives stolen from us” during those attacks 21 years ago. US First Lady Jill Biden was scheduled to attend a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
International officials also paid tribute to those killed in the attack, which targeted the entire world.
“As we remember 9/11 and the innocent lives lost, we also remember the unity that brought us together in those dark hours,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted.