The Victims of 9/11: New York Remembers All the Victims. A few minutes after starting the act, at 8.46 local time (12.46 GMT), attendees kept the first minute of silence to remember the exact moment when the first plane hit the Twin Towers.
President Donald Trump stressed today that the United States “will never surrender to tyranny” when recalling the “sacrifice” of the “heroes” who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
The Victims of 9/11
“The future of the US will not be written by our enemies (…) The US will never surrender to tyranny,” Trump said in his speech at the memorial to the victims in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where flight 93 of United, kidnapped by terrorists, with 40 people on board.
“Through their sacrifice, the passengers of the flight saved countless Americans, and saved the Capitol from a devastating attack,” added Trump, who was accompanied by the first lady, Melania, at the newly inaugurated monument.
At that moment, the president said, “a group of brave patriots responded to the enemies of the country” and joined “the immortal group of American heroes.”
United flight 93 was headed for Congress and crashed into the Pennsylvania prairies, 270 kilometers northwest of Washington when passengers rebelled against terrorists who had taken control of the aircraft.
Therefore, he stressed that “the tears of family members” are accompanied by “the shared pain of an entire nation.”
Event in New York
Thousands of people gathered today in the vicinity of the World Trade Center in New York to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001, on the seventeenth anniversary of the tragedy.
The Big Apple recalled 9/11 with an emotional ceremony in which relatives of the deceased read the names of the almost 3,000 people who lost their lives in the attacks of that day.
A few minutes after starting the act, at 8.46 local time (12.46 GMT), attendees kept the first minute of silence to remember the exact moment when the first plane hit the Twin Towers.
In total, six breaks were planned throughout the event to also mark the collision of the second plane in the World Trade Center, the one that hit the Pentagon in Washington, the one that crashed in Pennsylvania and the collapse of the two New York towers.
Along with the families, numerous authorities were present at the ceremony, including the mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, and the governor of the state, Andrew Cuomo.
In addition, he was able to see, among others, the former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, or the United States Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, very excited.
The city, enveloped in a dense fog, today held the flags at half-mast and many churches were ringing their bells during moments of silence fixed in the memory of the attacks.
Although most of the family members who participated in the ceremony limited themselves to reading the names of the victims or dedicating a brief memory to their loved ones, one of the first to get on the podium took advantage of the moment to request that the use of the tragedy with political ends.
“We Will Never Forget What Happened That Fateful Morning”
Earlier, the vice president, Mike Pence, said that “never” will forget “what happened on that fateful morning” at the start of the day of commemorations of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
“We will never forget what happened here on that fateful morning,” Pence said at a ceremony at the Pentagon, where one of the planes crashed into the headquarters of the Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia, and left 184 dead.
“We are here to show our debt of honor and respect” to the victims and their families, said Pence, who was accompanied by Defense Secretary James Mattis.
The vice president stressed that despite the pain, were “acts of courage that were lived” that defined the day.
For his part, President Donald Trump will participate together with the first lady, Melania, in an act in Shanksville (Pennsylvania), where United flight 93, hijacked by terrorists, with 40 people on board crashed.
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