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US notes 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack; tributes pour in

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9/11 Attack: At each of the three locations where 19 Al-Qaeda hijackers crashed packed airliners, striking the cultural, financial, and political hearts of the United States (US) and forever changing the globe, heartbreaking commemorations took place.

New York: The United States commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday with solemn ceremonies made all the more poignant by the recent chaotic withdrawal of soldiers from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s return to power.

Memorial held at National September 11 Memorial & Museum

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In the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the annual memorial ceremony is at the center of the objective. 

There will be a gathering of family members of 9/11 victims on Memorial Plaza to read aloud the names of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Twenty-nine Al-Qaeda hijackers, most of them from Saudi Arabia, hijacked dozens of planes in the skies over the United States, causing irreparable damage to American culture and politics.

American forces preparing to leave for Afghanistan

Even though American forces are preparing to leave Afghanistan, state conflicts and, for Vice President Joe Biden, political peril have overshadowed any sense of closure.

Many important domestic and global policy decisions have been influenced by the 9/11 attack in recent years. As the military ended its pullout from Afghanistan, a suicide bomber in Kabul murdered 13 US servicemen.

US soldiers have officially left Afghanistan, but dissension in the country — and political danger for President Joe Biden — have overshadowed any sense of finality. 

Biden says unity is their biggest strength in recent video

“Our greatest strength” is unity, Biden said in a video posted the day before the anniversary.

“That’s what September 11th taught me. When we’re at our weakest, when we’re grappling with all that makes us human, when we’re fighting for the soul of America, unity is our greatest asset “A six-minute video message from the White House included Biden.

Four hour-long services at New York’s Ground Zero;” heightened” anniversary for many Americans

In a four-hour service beginning at 8:30 a.m. at New York’s Ground Zero, where two pools of water now stand where the Twin Towers once stood, relatives will read out the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed (1230 GMT).

Six minutes of silence will be observed to commemorate the two World Trade Center towers being struck and falling, as well as the Pentagon attack and Flight 93’s tragedy.

This will be a “heightened” anniversary for many Americans, according to Monica Iken-Murphy, who lost her 37-year-old husband Michael Iken in the World Trade Center.

But, like many other survivors, she has never been free of suffering. “It feels like it happened just now,” she told AFP.

India pays her respects at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Ever since September 11th, 2001, a generation has been born and raised in the wake of tragedy.

During this time, Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda, has been sought and killed. There are no longer any Twin Towers to be seen over Manhattan. That “perpetual war” ended less than two weeks ago when the last U.S. troops flew out of Kabul’s airport.

Meanwhile, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, India paid respect at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York. TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, described it as a “moving experience.”

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