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Grief, solidarity as US marks twenty first anniversary of 9/11

Firefighters stand in line throughout a second of silence close to the 9/11 Memorial in New York Metropolis, on September 11, 2022, on the twenty first anniversary of the assaults on the World Commerce Middle, Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. — AFP

NEW YORK: America on Sunday noticed the twenty first anniversary of the 9/11 assaults, with President Joe Biden recalling People’ sacrifice and New Yorkers honoring the practically 3,000 folks killed when hijacked planes destroyed the Twin Towers.

Relations of victims, cops, firefighters and metropolis leaders gathered on the Nationwide September 11 Memorial in Decrease Manhattan, the place the names of those that died have been learn aloud in an hours-long ritual that has occurred yearly because the deadliest single assault on US soil.

They rang bells and held moments of silence six instances, together with at 8:46 am and 9:03 am (1246 and 1303 GMT), the exact minutes the passenger jets struck the World Commerce Middle’s North and South Towers.

Biden commemorated the anniversary on the Pentagon, the place Al-Qaeda hijackers crashed a airplane into the huge constructing that serves as Protection Division headquarters.

In a gentle rain, the president approached a wreath of flowers and positioned his hand over his coronary heart.

“I do know for all these of you who misplaced somebody, 21 years is each a lifetime and no time in any respect,” Biden stated in a somber speech outdoors the Pentagon.

“The American story itself modified that day,” he stated. “What we can’t change, by no means will, is the character of this nation” the attackers sought to wound.

“The character of sacrifice and love, of generosity and style, of energy and resilience,” he stated.

Biden additionally recalled how within the hours after the assaults, Queen Elizabeth II — who died Thursday at age 96 — despatched a touching message to the American folks.

“She pointedly reminded us: ‘Grief is the value we pay for love,'” Biden stated.

Al-Qaeda hijacked a complete of 4 planes. The third hit the Pentagon and the fourth, Flight 93, crashed in a area close to Shanksville, Pennsylvania after passengers launched a revolt onboard.

First Girl Jill Biden attended a ceremony there Sunday.

‘Safe our democracy’

Vice President Kamala Harris and Mayor Eric Adams have been amongst dignitaries attending the New York occasion, the place family hugged and wept, positioned flowers on the memorial and held placards with pictures of their misplaced family members.

“Whereas the grief recedes a bit with time, the everlasting absence of my father is simply as palpable because it ever was,” the son of Jon Leslie Albert stated after studying a number of victims’ names, together with his father’s.

September 11 marked a international assault on American soil, however Biden has warned the nation faces anti-democratic turmoil from inside, notably from his predecessor Donald Trump’s supporters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in search of to overturn the 2020 election.

On Sunday he subtly touched on the difficulty, urging People to “safe our democracy collectively.”

“It is not sufficient to face up for democracy annually or every so often,” he stated. “It is one thing we’ve to do each single day.”

Condolence messages arrived from international dignitaries together with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who referred to as September 11 “probably the most tragic days” for the US and the world.

“Going through missile assaults every day, Ukraine is aware of effectively what terrorism is and sincerely sympathizes with the American folks,” Zelensky tweeted.

New York was illuminated late Saturday by a “Tribute in Mild” that confirmed two blue beams, symbolizing the Twin Towers, projecting into the evening sky.

Along with these killed on September 11, hundreds of first responders, building employees and residents have since fallen in poor health, a lot of them terminally, because of inhaling the poisonous fumes.

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