12 Sept 2021
Americans Honor Victims on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11
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Americans gathered on Saturday to remember victims of the 9/11 attack on the 20th anniversary. The tragic event unfolded as hijackers flew airplanes into the New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing almost 3000 innocent civilians. This event has affected the lives of many and changed to shape of politics in the country. President Joe Biden also attended the event to honor the late victims.
Relatives of the victims read aloud the names of all those who perished that day. Along with President Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama were also attending the event.
Biden and first lady were scheduled to visit Shanksville, Pennsylvania to honor the victims of the United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed and visit the Pentagon to pay respects.
The 9/11 event is now considered an annual tradition and has influenced the country’s politics in many ways. Recently, the chaotic withdrawal of the U.S troops from Afghanistan has ended the longest ever military conflict which has taken over 655,000 lives.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Miley, honored the fallen 2,461 U.S members who were killed at war in Afghanistan. He described the exit as “terrible chapter in our nation’s history brought to a close.”
Buildings across Manhattan, the empire state building and the opera house unified and joined the commemoration by illuminating their facades in blue. During sunset, 88 powerful light bulbs projected twin beams into the sky to mirror the fallen towers to mark the anniversary.
In a special Subway series for Saturday, the New York Mets and New York Yankees baseball team will play each other for the first time since the attacks. The team players are expected to wear caps bearing logos for the NY Fire Dept. and First Responders.