NEW YORK (AP) – Americans remembered 9/11 on Sunday with a tearful tribute, and appealed to “never forget” 21 years after the deadliest terror attack on American soil.
Bonita Mantis wore a necklace with a picture of her slain sister, Chevon Mantis, a 25-year-old Guyanese immigrant who worked for a financial firm, to read the names of the victims at a Ground Zero ceremony.
“It has been 21 years, but it is not 21 years for us. It just feels like yesterday,” Mantis said. “The wounds are still fresh.”
“No matter how many years have passed, no one can really understand what happened that day,” he said.
Relatives and dignitaries of the victims also convened at the other two attack sites, the Pentagon and an area in Pennsylvania.
More than two decades later, the September 11 hijacked plane remains a point for reflection on the attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, National security policy reconfigured and inspired America to wage a “war on terror” around the world. Sunday fasts that follow Last year anniversary a horrific milestoneA little more than a month later a US drone strike killed a key al-Qaeda figure who helped plot the 9/11 attacks, Ayman al-Zawahari.
Pierre Roldan, who lost his cousin Carlos Lillo, a paramedic, said “we had some form of justice” when Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid in 2011.
“Now that al-Zawahari is gone, at least we continue to get that justice,” Roldan said.
The September 11 attacks also – for a time – instilled a sense of national pride and unity for many, while Subjecting Muslim Americans to Suspicion and Bigotry for Years and starting a debate on the balance between security and civil liberties. both subtle and obvious, the aftermath of the 9/11 wave ripped through American politics and public life Till date.
But like relatives of some other victims, Jay Salomon fears Americans’ consciousness of 9/11 is declining.
“It was a terrorist attack against our country that day. And theoretically, everyone should remember that and, you know, be careful and be careful,” said Salomon, who lost his brother.
Like a growing number of people reading the name at Ground Zero, firefighter Jimmy Riches’ nephew was not yet born when his relative died. But the boy took the podium to honor him.
“You are always in my heart. And I know you are watching over me,” he said after reading out a portion of the victims’ names.
More than 70 of Sekou Siby’s coworkers were killed at Windows on the World, the restaurant atop the trade center’s north tower. Sibi had to go to work that morning until another cook asked him to change shifts.
Ivorian immigrants were grappling with how to understand such terror in a country where they would come in search of a better life. And it was difficult for him to make as many friendships as he had in Windows on the World. It was so painful, she learned, connecting with people when “you have no control over what’s going to happen to them next.”
Sibi said in the lead up to the anniversary, “Every 9/11 is a reminder of something I’ve lost that I can never find.” He is now the president and CEO of ROC United, a restaurant activist advocacy group that grew from a post-9/11 relief center.
Speaking at the Pentagon on Sunday, President Joe Biden watched smoke rise from the 9/11-stricken US military headquarters when he was a senator. He vowed that America would continue to work to root out terrorist plots and called on Americans to stand up for democracy in the days following the anniversary.
“We have an obligation, a duty, a responsibility to protect, preserve and protect our democracy – the same democracy that guarantees the right to freedom that those terrorists on 9/11 bury in burning fire, smoke and ashes. demanded,” the Democrat said.
first Lady Jill Biden was to speak in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. where one of the hijacked planes went down after passengers and crew members tried to break into the cockpit as the hijackers headed for Washington. al Qaeda The conspirators took control of the jet to be used as missiles loaded with passengers.
Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff attended the ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial in New York, but by tradition, no political figure speaks. Parenting centers to read the names of the dead instead of the relatives of the victims.
Nikita Shah went there in a T-shirt that had the actual inscription of the annual commemoration – “Never Forget” – and the name of her slain father, Jayesh Shah.
The family later moved to Houston, but often returned to New York for the anniversary, “around people who experienced the same kind of grief and similar feelings after 9/11,” Shah said. She was 10 years old when her father was murdered.
“It took one tragedy to unite us. It shouldn’t take another tragedy to unite us again.”
Readers often add personal comments that create an amalgam of American sentiments about September 11—sadness, anger, brutality, admiration for first responders and the military, patriotic appeals, hope for peace, occasional political barbs, and A poignant account of graduation, marriage, birth and the daily life that victims have left.
Some relatives also lament that a nation that came together after the attacks – to some extent – has since fallen apart. So much so that federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which were redesignated after 9/11 to focus on international terrorism, Now equally important look at the threat of domestic violent extremism,
“It took one tragedy to unite us. It shouldn’t take another tragedy to unite us again,” said Andrew Colabella, whose cousin, John DiGiovanni, had died The 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which foreshadowed 9/11,
Beyond the sites of the attack, other communities across the country marked the day with candlelight, interfaith services and other commemorations. Some Americans have been involved in volunteer projects on a day that is federally recognized as both Patriot Day and National Service and Remembrance Day.