On the 21st anniversary of 9/11, Americans are paying tribute to those killed in the worst terrorist attacks on the continental United States.
The memorial service began with toll bells and a moment of silence at Ground Zero, the original site of New York’s Twin Towers, which were destroyed after the hijacked plane crashed. September 11, 2001.
Victims’ relatives and dignitaries also gathered in the Pentagon and Pennsylvania fields, where other planes seized by Al Qaeda terrorists crashed.
In total about 3,000 people died.
Communities mark the day with candlelight vigils, interfaith services, and other commemorative events.
Some have participated in volunteer projects on days recognized by the federal government as both Patriot Day and National Service and Remembrance Day.
President Joe Biden presented a wreath to the Pentagon, where he said:
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the masterminds of the 9/11 attacks, He was killed in a US airstrike in Afghanistan last month..
First Lady Jill Biden delivered a speech in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. There, as the hijacker was en route to Washington, one of his aircraft crashed after passengers and crew attempted to storm the cockpit.
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband attended the 9/11 National Memorial in New York as relatives of the victims read the names of the dead.
“Every 9/11 is a reminder of what I lost.”
In addition to spurring the war on terrorism, the attack stoked many with a sense of national pride and unity and exposed Muslim Americans to years of suspicion and prejudice.
Attacks cast a long shadow over the personal lives of thousands of people who have survived, dealt with or lost loved ones, friends and colleagues.
More than 70 of Sekou Siby’s colleagues died at Windows on the World, a restaurant on the top floor of the Trade Center’s North Tower.
Mr Siby, an immigrant from Ivory Coast, was due to work that morning until another cook asked him to change his shift. I’ve been trying to figure out how.
“Every 9/11 is a reminder that what I lost can never be regained,” Siby said.
He is currently president and CEO of restaurant worker advocacy group ROC United. ROC United grew out of a relief center for Windows on the World workers who lost their jobs in the collapse of the Twin Towers.
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