PHOTO: The United States marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks

The United States celebrated the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with solemn ceremonies, with leaders emphasizing national unity as the largest power in the United States.

The ceremony in New York at the 9/11 tragedy memorial reads the names of nearly 3,000 people killed in an attack by the terrorist organization Al Qaeda.

The ceremony was attended by President Joe Biden, former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

In place of the World Trade Center skyscrapers destroyed by the 2001 terrorist attacks – the so-called “Ground Zero” or zero point – the ceremony began at 8.30.

The first of the six moments of silence was at 8.46. The sound of the bells reminded us of the moment when the first hijacked plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

At 9.03 a second moment of silence followed, commemorating the moment when another plane crashed into the South Tower. At 9.37, the crash of a hijacked plane at the Pentagon was mentioned. There were 184 people killed in the plane and in the building of the Ministry of Defense.

9.59 – the moment when the South Tower collapsed. On March 10, the fourth plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after a passenger battle with terrorists, was commemorated. 10.28, when the North Tower collapsed.

Bruce Springstin sang his song “I’ll See You in My Dreams,” but after dark, New York’s sky will be illuminated by the rays of two spotlights.

Smaller ceremonies also took place in many other parts of the country, in New York at all fire stations, commemorating the 343 firefighters who died rescuing others.

A short reflection took place in Times Square.

Memorial events also took place in the Pentagon and Shanksville.

Western leaders are now showing solidarity with the United States, stressing that the 2001 terrorist attacks have not destroyed Western values.

Queen Elizabeth II of Britain stated that the victims and survivors were her prayers, while she paid tribute to “the resilience and determination of the communities that came together to rebuild.”

Islamic extremists killed almost 3,000 people in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The Islamists hijacked four US passenger planes, two of which crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York. A third plane crashed into a Pentagon building in Virginia, while a fourth crashed into an open field in Pennsylvania as passengers tried to defeat terrorists.

More than 2,750 people died under the ruins of twin towers destroyed by Islamist hijacked planes, but only 1,640 people were found under the rubble of this symbol of New York’s prosperity.

Another 75,000 people, including many police officers, firefighters and other rescue workers who survived this Islamist crime, are still suffering from mental or physical consequences.

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