9/11 Attacks Resonate As US Marks 21st Anniversary – Daily Local

Jennifer Peltz, Karen Matthews, Julie Walker

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans remembered 9/11 on Sunday, 21 years after the most deadly terrorist attack on the United States mainland, with tearful eulogies and a plea to “never forget.”

Bonita Mentis wore a necklace with a picture of her murdered sister, Chevonne Mentis.

“It’s been 21 years, but it’s not 21 years for us. I said before I read your name.

At the Pentagon, also targeted on 9/11, President Joe Biden pledged that the United States would continue its efforts to root out the terrorist conspiracy and told the American people, “These terrorists are using Called to stand up for the very democracy that guarantees the right to liberty. 9/11 tried to be buried in blazing fire, smoke, and ash. First Lady Jill Biden speaks at the site of his third attack in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

On September 11, 2001, co-conspirators of an al-Qaeda Islamic militant group seized control of a jet and used it as a passenger-carrying missile to attack the Trade Center’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon. A fourth plane was en route to Washington, but crashed near Shanksville after the crew and passengers attempted to storm the cockpit.

The attack killed nearly 3,000 people, reshaped national security policy, and fueled the United States’ “war on terrorism” around the world. Sunday’s ceremony comes just a month after Ayman al-Zawari, a key al-Qaeda figure who collaborated in the 9/11 conspiracy, was killed in a US drone strike.

Pierre Roldan, who lost his cousin Carlos Lilo to a paramedic, says “we somehow had justice” when Osama bin Laden was killed in a US raid in 2011 rice field.

“Now that al-Zawari is gone, at least we continue to get that justice,” Roldan said.

The self-proclaimed mastermind behind the attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, is still awaiting a long-delayed military tribunal. Lawyers for one of Mohammed’s co-defendants this week confirmed ongoing negotiations for an agreement that could avoid trial and impose a lesser, but still lengthy, sentence.

While the 9/11 attacks stoked a sense of national pride and unity for many for a time, they also exposed Muslim Americans to years of suspicion and prejudice, threatening their security and civil liberties. caused a debate about the balance of In subtle and palpable ways, the aftermath of 9/11 reverberates through American politics and public life to this day.

But like other victims’ families, Jay Saloman fears that Americans’ awareness of 9/11 is fading.

“That day was a terrorist attack on our country, and in theory everyone should remember it and take precautions and be careful,” said Saloman, who lost his brother Wayne Saloman. I got

Traditionally, politicians do not speak at ground zero ceremonies. Instead, it revolves around relatives reading the names of the dead aloud.

Brooke Walsh DiMaggio, like a growing number of readers, was not yet born when a relative died. However, she stepped up to her podium to honor her grandmother, Barbara Walsh.

“I am here to represent a generation 9/12 who did not experience 9/11 today, but who are still suffering from its aftermath,” said Walsh-DiMarzio. “We never forget.”

Nikita Shah wore a t-shirt with the annual memorial de facto inscription “Never Forget” and the name of her father Jaysh Shah. did.

The family later moved to Houston, but often return to New York for anniversaries “around people who have experienced the same grief and the same emotions since 9/11.”

Readers often add personal remarks that form an alloy of American sentiments about 9/11 — grief, anger, toughness, gratitude to first responders and the military, appeals to patriotism, hopes for peace, The occasional political barb, and a poignant account of graduation. , the weddings, births and daily lives that the victims missed. Some readers have turned their attention to recent events, from the coronavirus pandemic still underway this year to Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Some relatives have also lamented the fragmentation of a somewhat cohesive country after the attack. Federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, reorganized after 9/11 to focus on international terrorism, now see the threat of domestic violent extremism as equally urgent .

“It took a tragedy to bring us together. said Andrew Coravera, whose cousin John DiGiovanni died.

Communities across the country celebrated the day with candle vigils, interfaith services, and other commemorative events, and some Americans participated in volunteer projects. Others observed the anniversary in their own thoughts.

More than 70 of Sekou Siby’s colleagues died at Windows on the World, a restaurant in the North Tower of the Trade Center. Another cook asked him to change shifts, so he took the day off.

“Every 9/11 is a reminder of what I lost, which can never be recovered,” says Siby, current president of restaurant workers advocacy group ROC United. Ahead of the anniversary, he said he became wary of attacks clinging to people when “you can’t control what happens next.”

Ginny Barnett volunteered at the Shanksville site after the attack and for years struggled to come to terms with the tragedy. I found.

“I’ve seen firsthand the evil humans can do, but I’ve also seen the good humans can do,” Burnett said Sunday. You can focus and nurture goodness without letting anger rule you.”


Contributed by Associated Press journalists Colleen Long of Washington, Ron Todd of Philadelphia and Dave Collins of Hartford, Connecticut. 9/11 Attacks Resonate As US Marks 21st Anniversary – Daily Local

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