The United States of America is today, Saturday, September 11, 2021, marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attack or simply the 9/11 attack, which caused a significant change in foreign policies of the United States.
The September 11, 2001 attack which was masterminded by former Al-Qaeda leader, Osama Bin Laden, saw more than 2990 people died at multiple venues namely; the Department of Defense building (Pentagon), a filed in Pennsylvania, and the twin towers of the World Trade Center.
It was the twin towers that were hit by two of the four hijacked planes first, at a 17-minute interval. The north tower of the World Trade Center was hit first by American Airline flight 11, and after 17 minutes, the second flight, American Airline flight 175, hit the south tower. A third plane hit the Pentagon, whiles the fourth one could not reach its intended target due to passengers’ struggle to take control of the plane. The plane ended up crashing on a field in Pennsylvania.
20 years after 9/11 attack, Americans are revisiting memories. Some Americans, including their politicians and others who were affected by the attack are taking to social media to share their feelings and memories of the incident.
“20 years ago today our country was attacked. On 9/11/2001, 2996 lives were lost at the Pentagon, a field in Pennsylvania, and the World Trade Center twin towers. Even as we lost our innocence and sense of invulnerability, we rediscovered unity founded in love and respect for one another, qualities we need now more than ever in the face of a virus that has taken over 600,000 of our fellow Americans from us and millions more across the world,” an independent Colorado Governorship hopeful, Jared Polis wrote in a facebook post sighted by THE PUNCH GHANA.
Belgium’s Former Prime Minister, Guy Verhofstadt, says the world is still going through the consequences of the 9/11 attack.
“9/11 was the day the world changed. 20 years on we are still dealing with the consequences. We still need to back up our liberal democratic values, and refuse to live in fear!,” he stated on social media.
Polish Minister for Defense, Mariusz Błaszczak, in a tribute to the American people, said in a tweet that; “Our hearts go out on this tragic anniversary to our American friends and all those who lost their loved ones in the barbaric attack of #September11, 2001. We stand by your side today as we stood then, 20 years ago. Never forget!”
Source: THE PUNCH Ghana