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Tributes Paid For 9/11, American History's Darkest Hour Observed all Over The Country
People paid tributes to the victims of 9/11. Moments of slience observed all over the country on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
On September 11, 2001, America faced the worst tragedy of its history when the Twin Towers were burned to ashes by attacks from Al-Qaeda. This was the worst terrorist attack ever on the Ameican soil.
US President Donald Trump observed a moment of silence at White House where he was accompanied by the survivors of 9/11 and their family members. Later he attented a ceremony at Pentagon and laid a wreath where 184 were killed on that omnious day.
"For every American who lived through that day, the September 11 attack is seared into our soul. It was a day filled with shock, horror, sorrow and righteous fury. Today the nation honors and mourns nearly 3,000 lives that were stolen from us," he said.
"We are united with you in grief. We offer you all that we have. Our unwavering loyalty, our undying devotion, our eternal pledge that your loved ones will never, ever be forgotten," he further said.
The names of 184 victims were read during the ceremony.
He also hit back at Taliban who deliberately canceled the peace talks and blamed them for this. Trump warned the Taliban
"And if for any reason they ever come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use the power the likes of which the U.S. has never used before," Trump said.
In New York, the moment of silence was observed at 8:47 am ET to mark the moment when the first hijacked plane hit the Twin Towers. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law which mandates public schools across the state to allow a brief moment of silence each year to mark the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
The 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Ground Zero began with The Star-Spangled Banner, sung by a high school senior Kassidy Rieder, the daughter of retired NYPD cop. The victims' name was read and the family members of lost ones paid their tribute. The heartwrenching grief can still be felt among these people who lost a major part of life that day.
Vice President Mike Pence paid the tributes at Shanksville, the third site where planes were crashed in a field area. He credited the passengers and the crew for saving the lives of others at the Washington DC as they fought against the hijackers.
The Twitter poured in the tributes and trended #NeverForget so that we as humans can withstand any tragedy or any attack by taking 9/11 as the inspiration when hundreds of people were united when not America but humanity was under attack.
The aftermaths of 9/11 included not only political and military repercussions but mental too. A compensation fund for people with potentially 9/11 related health problems has paid out more than $5.5 billion so far. More than 51,000 people have applied and the Congress has ensured the fulfillment of funds.
Along with these people, another set of people needs recognition- the firefighters and the volunteers. According to studies, the first responders on the ground including the firefighters were at high risk of developing cancer and other diseased. Almost 1600 of them have lost their lives including 200 firefighters.
September 11 has become a day of service to pay homage to the loved ones. Volunteers all around the countries help at different locations, be it schools, cleaning drives, home building projects or other social events to share the work as well as the bond among the people.
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