Almost two decades since the 9/11 attacks, the world has changed after the horrid 102-minute long terror attack on the US. Since 2001, the incident continues to send shivers down the spines of many till date.
Amidst the ongoing pandemic, people who lost their loved ones in the terror attack and mourners in New York City have changed their tribute traditions.
To maintain social distancing, split-screen remembrances are held for small groups at the World Trade Centre Memorial Plaza. While families of the deceased, only in small groups are allowed to attend the memorial at Pentagon late in the evening on Friday.
On September 11, 2001, two planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York. The attack took the lives of almost 3,000 people.
Nineteen al-Qaeda terrorist hijacked four planes and carried out suicidal attacks in the United States. The third plane hit the Pentagon building which is the headquarters of the US Department of Defense and the fourth aircraft crashed in the open grounds in Pennsylvania after brave passengers fought back.
Within two hours, the 110-storey twin towers at the World Trade Centre collapsed due to the impact. The debris of the Twin Towers led to the collapse of the other buildings around the complex.
The entire clean-up of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, while the Pentagon building was repaired within the year.
The investigation into the 9/11 attacks code-named “PENTTBOM” was the FBI’s largest investigation ever. More than half of the FBI agents worked to identify all the terrorists as well as their supporters.
The crash sites were also the largest crime scene in FBI history. After the massive incident, several memorials have been built to remember the victims of 9/11 attack.
In the memories of the victims, Americans are commemorating the 9/11 tribute at the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center.
“This is an an anniversary that brings so much feeling and of course there is a lot of pain. I hope everyone remembers the heroism not only of our first responders but of our citizens as well,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday.
“It’s also, another moment to say, you think back – think back to that generation of New Yorkers, you think back to those heroes, you think back to the compassion of everyday New Yorkers in that moment of crisis. People all over this country and all over this world watched, and they were in awe of New York City. There was an incredible feeling for New York City. There was respect. And people grieved with us, but they also admired New York City in that moment of crisis. And now we find ourselves in a new and different crisis,” he continued.
Today, the President of United States Donald Trump and the running contender for the upcoming election Joe Biden will address the memorial plaza ceremony in New York.