On Sunday, Americans commemorated the nearly 3,000 people killed in the worst attacks in history, September 11, 2001, that deeply shocked their country.
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In New York, the crowd gathered near the impressive Manhattan Memorial Museum and observed a two-minute silence, marking the exact moment when two planes hijacked by Islamic special forces hit the World Trade Center towers.
Vice President Kamala Harris heard in the audience a very long list of the names of the victims. President Joe Biden participated in another ceremony at the Pentagon.
The son of John Leslie Albert, one of the victims of the attacks, said after reading his father’s name: “The sadness fades a little with time, but the permanent absence of my father remains the same.”
Another relative of the victim called on the political figures present to heal America’s deep divisions, asserting that “we should not need another tragedy to unite our nation.”
On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people were killed in the deadliest attack in history, perpetrated by the jihadist al-Qaeda organization.
Two planes hit the World Trade Center towers in New York, a third opened the Pentagon, and a fourth, apparently aimed at the Capitol or the White House, crashed into a wooded area of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after a passenger counterattack.
No one on the four planes survived.
In Washington, President Joe Biden met at the Pentagon.
Looking majestic with his hand on his heart, he participated in a wreath-laying ceremony near the building where one of the hijacked planes crashed, killing 184 people.
He earlier tweeted: “We will never forget,” vowing to “continue to preserve a vivid memory of the precious souls that were stolen from us” during those attacks 21 years ago.
Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States, will attend 10:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. GMT) at a gala in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
International officials also paid tribute to the victims of this attack, which shook the whole world.
“As we remember the events of 9/11 and the innocent lives lost, we also remember the solidarity that held us together during those dark hours,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wrote on Twitter.
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