On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists who were part of the Islamic extremist organization Al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial planes and managed to hit three of them on their targets: the Twin Towers in New York, USA, a third hit the Pentagon building in Washington , and the fourth destined to crash into the Capitol or the White House fell into a field in Shanksville, after the intervention of its passengers. Almost 3,000 dead and more than 25,000 injured by the events are counted
This Sunday, September 11, marks the 21st anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, United States (USA), which is estimated to have left 2,996 dead and more than 25,000 injured. US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris led the acts to honor the victims.
Biden led the main event at the Pentagon, in memory of the victims who died in 2001. During his speech, the president made reference to a message from Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8. “Pain is the price to pay for love,” the ruler quoted the monarch as saying.
“I know that for those who have lost someone, 21 years is both an eternity and a very short time,” he said at the wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the victims, accompanied by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces, General Mark A. Milley, in Arlington, Virginia.
“Today is not about the past, but about the future,” continued Joe Biden, calling on Americans to defend democracy, the guarantor of freedom that the terrorists wanted to “bury under fire, smoke and ashes.”
Earlier, the US president called on citizens via Twitter to “continue to keep alive the memory of the precious lives that were stolen from us.”
In New York, a crowd gathered near the impressive museum and memorial in Manhattan fell silent for two minutes, at 8:46 and 9:03, evoking the exact two hours that planes hijacked by Islamist commandos hit the towers of the World Trade Center.
In the audience, Vice President Kamala Harris listened to the long list of victims’ names. “While the pain fades somewhat with time, my father’s permanent absence is as palpable as ever,” Jon’s son Leslie Albert said after reading the names of several victims, including his father.
That 9/11, as the date is now remembered, 19 terrorists who were part of the Islamic extremist organization Al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial planes and managed to hit three of them on their targets.
Two of the devices hit the Twin Towers in New York, a third hit the Pentagon building in Washington, and the fourth destined to crash into the Capitol or the White House finally fell in a field in Shanksville (Pennsylvania), after the intervention of its passengers.
The targets of the terrorists were the economic, military and political symbols of the United States.