IN THE PICTURES, IN THE PICTURES – The Americans paid tribute this Sunday to the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the worst in history.
The 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 crowds gathered near the imposing Manhattan Memorial Museum remained silent for two minutes of silence, marking the exact moments when the two planes hijacked by Islamic commandos hit the World Trade Center towers.
In the audience, Vice President Kamala Harris listened to the long list of names of the victims. President Joe Biden attended another ceremony at the Pentagon.
Healing the deep American divisions
“The pain fades a little over 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 reading his father’s name.
Another relative of the victim, inviting the political figures present to heal the deep divisions of America, stated that “we shouldn’t need another tragedy to unite our nation“.
On 11 September 2001, 2,977 people died in the deadliest attacks in history, committed by the jihadist organization al-Qaeda. Two planes had hit the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York. A third had ripped through the Pentagon and a fourth, which appeared to be aimed at the Capitol or the White House, crashed in a wooded area of Shanksville, Pennsylvania after a passenger counterattack. No one aboard the four aircraft survived.
“We will never forget it“
In Washington, President Joe Biden met at the Pentagon. Solemnly 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 someone who has lost someone, 21 years is both an eternity and so little time.“Said the Democrat from the podium, under a good rain. Joe Biden shared a message sent on September 11, 2001 by Queen Elizabeth II, who died 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, but about the future“, Joe Biden continued, inviting Americans to defend democracy, guarantor of the freedom that the terrorists had wanted”to bury in fire, smoke and ashesJill Biden, First Lady of the United States, attended a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
International officials also paid tribute to the victims of this attack that 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.