Americans remember 9/11 with moments of silence, readings of the names of the victims, volunteer work and other tributes 21 years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.
The relatives and dignitaries of the victims will meet on Sunday at the sites where hijacked planes crashed on September 11, 2001: the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
Other communities across the country are celebrating the day with candlelight vigils, interfaith services, and other commemorations. Some Americans are joining volunteer projects on a day that is federally recognized as Patriot’s Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
The celebrations follow a tense landmark anniversary last year. It came weeks after the chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan that the United States launched in response to the attacks.
This 9/11 remains a point of reflection for the attack that killed nearly 3,000 people, unleashed a US “war on terror” around the world, and reshaped national security policy.
It also sparked, for a time, a sense of national pride and unity for many. In subtle and clear ways, the aftermath of 9/11 ripples through American politics and public life to this day.
And the attacks have cast a long shadow on the personal lives of thousands of people who have survived or lost loved ones, friends and colleagues.
More than 70 of Sekou Siby’s co-workers were killed at Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the mall’s north tower. Siby had been scheduled to work that morning until another cook asked her to change shifts.
Siby never took a restaurant job again; she would have brought back too many memories. The Ivorian immigrant struggled with understanding such horror in a country to which he had come in search of a better life.
“Every 9/11 is a reminder of what I lost that I can never get back”Siby says.
On Sunday, the president Joe Biden plans to speak and lay a wreath at the Pentagon, while the first lady Jill Biden He is scheduled to speak in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked planes crashed after passengers and crew members tried to storm the cabin as the hijackers headed for Washington. Al-Qaida plotters had taken control of the planes to use as missiles packed with passengers.
“I think you’ll hear him talk about how the United States will remain vigilant to the threat, but also look at future threats and challenges and be able to learn how to meet those threats and challenges,” said White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.
the vice president kamala harris and her husband Doug Emhoff must attend the National Sept. 11 Memorial in New York, but by tradition, no political figure speaks at the ground zero ceremony. Instead, it focuses on the relatives of the victims who read aloud the names of the dead.
Readers often add personal comments that blend American feelings about 9/11: pain, anger, harshness, appreciation for first responders and the military, appeals to patriotism, hopes for peace, occasional political barbs, and a poignant narrative. of the graduations, weddings, births and daily lives that the victims have missed.
Some relatives also lament that a nation that was united, to some extent, after the attacks has since been divided. So much so that federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which were reshaped to focus on international terrorism after 9/11, now see the threat of domestic violent extremism as equally urgent.
(with information from AP)
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