the United States honors the memory of the victims, 21 years later

the United States honors the memory of the victims, 21 years later

IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES – The Americans paid tribute this Sunday to the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the worst in history.

Americans on Sunday honored the memory of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the worst attacks in history, September 11th 2001which deeply traumatized their country.

In New York, the crowd gathered near the impressive Manhattan memorial museum fell silent for two minutes of silence, marking the exact moments when the two planes hijacked by Islamist commandos had struck the towers of the World Trade Center.

In the audience, Vice President Kamala Harris listened to the very long list of victims’ names. President Joe Biden took part in another ceremony, at the Pentagon.

Two people in front of the memorial of the attacks of September 11, 2001. AMR ALFIKY / REUTERS

Healing America’s Deep Divisions

The grief fades a little with time, but my father’s permanent absence remains just as present.“, confided the son of Jon Leslie Albert, one of the victims of the attacks, after having read the name of his father.

Another relative of the victim, calling on the political figures present to heal America’s deep divisions, said that “we shouldn’t need another tragedy to unite our nation“.

On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people died in the deadliest attacks in history, committed by the jihadist organization al-Qaeda. Two planes had struck the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York. A third had gutted the Pentagon and a fourth, which appeared to be aimed at the Capitol or the White House, had crash landed in a wooded area of ​​Shanksville, Pennsylvania after a passenger counterattack. No one on board the four planes survived.

Joe Biden delivers a speech during a ceremony on the September 11, 2001 attacks in Washington. ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP

We will never forget»

In Washington, President Joe Biden gathered at the Pentagon. Looking solemn and with a hand on his heart, he took part in a wreath laying ceremony near the building where one of the hijacked planes had crashed, killing 184 people.

I know that for those who have lost someone, 21 years is both an eternity and such a short time.“said the Democrat from the podium, under a fine rain. Joe Biden has shared a message sent on September 11, 2001 by Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday, to the American people. “Heartbreak is the price to pay for love“, had written the sovereign.

The course of American history changed that day.“, resumed the president. But what didn’t change was “the character of this nation», «sacrifices, love, generosityof which the United States is capable, he hammered. “Today is not about the past, it’s about the future“, continued Joe Biden, calling on Americans to defend democracy, the guarantor of the freedom that the terrorists had wanted “to bury in fire, smoke and ashes“. Jill Biden, First Lady of the United States, took part in a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

International officials have also paid tribute to the victims of this attack which had marked the whole world. “As we remember 9/11 and the innocent lives lost, we also remember the solidarity that held us together during those dark hours.tweeted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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