Friday, September 17, 2021

“Don’t focus on the hate”: the world marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11

NEW YORK – The world marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday, remembering the dead, calling for heroes and just weeks after the bloody end of the Afghanistan War launched in response to terrorist attacks. After that the review was done.

Relatives of the victims and four US presidents paid tribute at sites where hijacked planes killed nearly 3,000 people in the deadliest act of terrorism on American soil.

Others gathered in Portland, Maine, Guam, or for volunteer projects in what has become a service day in the US, with foreign leaders sympathizing with an attack in the US but claiming victims from more than 90 countries.

“It felt like an evil ghost had descended upon our world, but it was also a time when many people acted above and beyond the normal,” said Mike Low, whose daughter, Sarah Low, had previously boarded a flight. There was an attendant who had an accident.

“As we move through these 20 years, I find sustenance in my relentless admiration for all those who exceeded ordinary people,” the father told a Ground Zero crowd that included President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama. And Bill Clinton was involved. .

The anniversary unfolded under a pandemic and in the shadow of a US withdrawal from Afghanistan, now ruled by the same Taliban terrorist group that provided safe haven to the conspirators of 9/11.

“It’s hard because you expected it to be a different time and a different world. But sometimes history starts to repeat itself, not in the best of ways,” said Thea Trinidad, who lost her father in the attacks. Diya, said before reading out the names of the victims at the ceremony.

Bruce Springsteen and Broadway actors Kelly O’Hara and Chris Jackson sang at the commemoration, but according to tradition, no politician spoke there. In a video released Friday night, Biden addressed the continuing pain of the loss, but also outlined what he called the “central lesson” of September 11: “That our weakest…unity is our greatest strength.”

Biden was also paying respects at two other sites where 9/11 conspirators crashed jets: the Pentagon and an area near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

At a Pennsylvania site – where passengers and crew struggled to regain control of a plane targeting the US Capitol or the White House – former President George W. Bush said on September 11 that Americans can come together despite their differences.

“A lot of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and outrage,” said the president who was in office on 9/11. “On the day of America’s trials and tribulations, I watched millions instinctively hold their neighbor’s hand and rally for one another. He knows America.”

"Don't focus on the hate": the world marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11
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