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 11, 2001, which 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 participated 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 ripped open the Pentagon and a fourth, which appeared to be aimed at the Capitol or the White House, had crashed in a wooded area of ​​Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after a counterattack by passengers. 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.

We will never forget“, he had tweeted earlier, promising to “continue to keep alive the memory of the precious lives that have been stolen from usduring those attacks 21 years ago. Jill Biden, first lady of the United States, will participate at 10:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. GMT) 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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