headline">Commemorations Held Across the US to Mark 22nd Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
Nearly 3,000 Lives Lost in Tragic Act of Terrorism
September 11th marked the 22nd anniversary of the devastating 9/11 attacks, and across the United States, solemn commemorations and mourning ceremonies were held to honor the victims. The unfathomable act of terrorism, which resulted in the deaths of almost 3,000 people, remains etched in the nation’s memory.
On that fateful day in 2001, a group of 19 terrorists hijacked four planes, forever changing the course of history. Two of the planes were deliberately crashed into the iconic World Trade Center towers in downtown New York City, reducing them to rubble. The third plane was forced to crash into the Pentagon, the United States Department of Defense headquarters, causing significant damage. The fourth plane, bound for another target, crashed in Pennsylvania after heroic passengers resisted the hijackers.
Responding to Tragedy
The attack, orchestrated by Al Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden, claimed 2,977 lives and left over 6,000 injured. The terrorists cited revenge for perceived persecution of Muslim populations and US support for Israel, as well as the imposition of sanctions on Iraq, as motives for their heinous acts.
The United States responded to the 9/11 attacks by launching the War on Terror. The nation invaded Afghanistan with the intention of removing the Taliban government, which harbored members of Al Qaeda. Additionally, numerous countries implemented counter-terrorism laws and expanded law enforcement powers to prevent future acts of violence.
Despite the passage of 22 years, the events of that tragic day continue to resonate deeply with those personally affected, as well as with the vast majority of Americans. The pain and tears endured on September 11, 2001, remain an indelible part of their collective consciousness.
Remembrance and Resilience
US President Joe Biden, fresh from attending the G20 summit, ventured to a military base in Anchorage, Alaska, where he called upon Americans to unite in defense of democracy. He emphasized that the impacts of 9/11 still reverberate throughout the nation, regardless of geographical distance.
“We know that today, every American’s heart is wounded. But every corner of this country, from big cities to small towns, from suburbs to tribal communities, every American is ready to lend a helping hand,” President Biden stated solemnly.
The president also issued a warning regarding the surge in violent extremism and political violence, stressing the ongoing need to protect American democracy. He asserted, “Every generation must fight to uphold our freedom to be open and prevent our institutions from failing. We must remain vigilant.”
A Nation in Mourning
In remembrance of the victims, various ceremonies were held at the 9/11 memorial site, known as “Ground Zero,” including a poignant commemoration led by Vice President Kamala Harris. Family members and loved ones were given the opportunity to read the names of the deceased and offer brief tributes, ensuring that their memory endures.
Edward Edelman, who tragically lost his brother-in-law in the attacks, spoke at the World Trade Center memorial. He reflected, “For those of us who lost someone beloved on that day, while life moved forward for others, the impact still lingers. Yet, we find the strength to move ahead amidst the lingering emotions.”
Gabriel Gabrielli, who lost his uncle on 9/11, expressed his profound gratitude: “Reading his name was the greatest honor of my life. It is our responsibility to keep the memories of all those who perished alive—this is their enduring legacy.”
First Lady Jill Biden paid her respects by laying a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon. The solemn event was filled with poignant symbolism, with a massive US flag draped from the side of the building while bells tolled and mournful music played, all starting at 9:37 am—the time when a hijacked plane struck the Pentagon.
Honoring the bravery of those who fought back, Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Harris, laid a wreath at the National Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It was at this location that courageous passengers bravely attempted to thwart the terrorists, resulting in the plane’s crash.
Furthermore, countless ceremonies and gatherings took place nationwide, in various cities and communities. Americans came together to volunteer their time and express their condolences at memorials, fire stations, city halls, educational institutions, and numerous other locations.
A Nation United
In the state of Virginia’s Goochland area, a commemorative ceremony was divided into two parts. One honored the heroic efforts of the workers who selflessly risked their lives to save the victims, while the other paid tribute to those who tragically perished. Goochland Fire Chief Eddie Ferguson poignantly stated, “That day, we became one country, one nation, one people—just as it should be.”
In Iowa, a march commenced at 9:11 am, spanning from the suburb of Waukee to the state Capitol in Des Moines. Meanwhile, a memorial service was held in Columbus, Indiana, to honor the police and firefighters.
Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, paid its respects by planting an American flag for each victim, poignantly illustrating the magnitude of the loss.
Reflecting the commitment to remembrance, Fenton, Missouri, held a memorial service at a steel memorial erected in memory of the Twin Towers. Mayor Joe Morath emphasized the significance of remembering the events, stating, “We may be a small community, but it is crucial for us to continue commemorating these profound events.”
As the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks unfolded, the nation stood together to commemorate, honor, and remember those whose lives were tragically cut short on that day. The pain and sorrow endured remain, but through unity and remembrance, the resilience of the American people shines through.
Compiled from the Associated Press.
Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP
Across the United States, commemorations and mourning ceremonies were held to mark the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. which resulted in the deaths of almost 3,000 people.
Yesterday was September 11th, 22 years ago when one of the biggest acts of terrorism in the history of the United States took place. When a group of 19 terrorists hijacked four planes and forced two of the planes to crash into the two towers of the World Trade Center in downtown New York City.
Of the other two planes, one was forced to crash into the Pentagon building. which was the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense until it was damaged The latter collapsed in Pennsylvania. after passengers resisted and tried to fight the terrorists.
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The attack left 2,977 people dead and more than 6,000 injured, with al-Qaeda and its leader, Osama bin Laden, claiming they were behind the attack. citing the reason as revenge The United States is persecuting Muslim populations in many countries. Including the US supporting Israel. and the use of sanctions policy against Iraq.
The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror, invading Afghanistan to remove the Taliban government. which harbors members of Al Qaeda As many countries increase counter-terrorism laws and expand law enforcement powers,
Although the events of “9/11” have already passed 22 years ago, for the people involved including most Americans This is an unforgettable event. And the pain and tears are still there.
US President Joe Biden, who recently returned from the G20 summit, visited a military base in Anchorage, Alaska, calling on Americans to unite to defend democracy. And remind me that the effects of 9/11 are still being felt in every corner of the country. No matter how far away
“We know that today Every American’s heart is wounded. But every big city, small town, suburb, country town, tribal community, every American is ready to give as much help as they can,” Biden said.
The US leader also warned of a rise in violent extremism and political violence, saying: “Every generation must fight to protect American democracy … That’s why terrorists target us in the first place. our freedom to be open and our institute failed But we must continue to be careful.”
As for the area where the original building of the World Trade Center was located It is also known as the 9/11 memorial “Ground Zero,” Vice President Kamala Harris was the representative at the memorial ceremony for the victims. By giving opportunities to family or close people Come and read the name of the deceased and give a short message.
Edward Edelman, who lost his brother-in-law on 9/11, said during his condolence at the World Trade Center that “For those of us who lost someone important to us that day. That day still happened, others moved on. And you will find a way to move forward. But the things of that day still happen to you.”
Gabriel Gabrielli, who lost his uncle in the incident, said: “Reading his name was the greatest honor of my life. We must keep the memory of all those who died alive. This is their legacy.”
First Lady Jill Biden laid a wreath at the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon, where a huge American flag hung from the side of the building, bells rang and music played starting at 9:37 am when a hijacked plane struck on the Pentagon.
As for Doug Emhoff, Harris’ husband. Laying a wreath at the National Flight 93 Memorial near Shanksville. Pennsylvania where another plane was hijacked Crash after passengers tried to stop terrorists
In addition to areas directly related to the events of 9/11, there are many areas throughout the United States A ceremony was also held to commemorate this great loss. Many Americans will come out to volunteer. and gather to express their condolences in various places such as memorials, fire stations, city halls, educational institutions, and other places.
in the Goochland area of the state of Virginia There is a ceremony to commemorate the events of 9/11, divided into two parts, one that honors the workers who went to save the lives of the victims. and the part that sympathizes with the deceased
“That day, we became one country, one nation, one people, just as it should be,” said Goochland Fire Chief Eddie Ferguson.
In Iowa, a march began at 9:11 am from the suburb of Waukee to the state Capitol in Des Moines. In Columbus, Indiana, a memorial service was held for police and firefighters.
Pepperdine University in Malibu California One American flag was planted per victim. To show how big this loss is.
In Fenton, Missouri, a memorial service was held at a steel memorial to the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Mayor Joe Morath said. “We are only a small community, but it is important for us to continue to remember these events.”
Compiled from the Associated Press.
Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP
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