NEVER FORGET: US Marks The 9/11 Anniversary

Published September 12th, 2020 - 07:36 GMT

New York marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

The city holds its annual ceremony in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died in the bloodiest terrorist attack in US history, punctuated by a minute's silence at the exact moments that Al-Qaeda jihadists crashed two hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center towers.

Almost two decades after the attacks, September 11 remains synonymous with New York's heroism and resilience. 

City leaders have emphasized the latter in the past months as the Covid-19 infection rate -- which killed 23,000 people here, the early epicenter of the disease in the United States -- has been lowered to under one percent.
 

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19th anniversary of 9/11 (Twitter)

19th anniversary of 9/11 (Twitter)

19th anniversary of 9/11 (Twitter)

19th anniversary of 9/11 (Twitter)

A US Park Ranger moves a memorial wreath prior to President Donald J. Trump delivering remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 17th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2020 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the nineteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. J

A US Park Ranger moves a memorial wreath prior to President Donald J. Trump delivering remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 17th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2020 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the nineteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP JEFF SWENSEN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

People place US flags in the ground to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack outside the US Capitol Building on September 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Alex Edelman / AFP

People place US flags in the ground to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack outside the US Capitol Building on September 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Alex Edelman / AFP

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a ceremony commemorating the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2020. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a ceremony commemorating the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2020. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

The ringing of bells as names are called during a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 19th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2020 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the nineteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP JEFF SW

The ringing of bells as names are called during a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 19th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2020 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the nineteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP JEFF SWENSEN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Some 3,000 flags comprise a 9/11 memorial at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, on September 11, 2020, as the US commemorates the 19th anniversary of the attacks. Each flag represents a victim and their nationality. VALERIE MACON / AFP

Some 3,000 flags comprise a 9/11 memorial at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, on September 11, 2020, as the US commemorates the 19th anniversary of the attacks. Each flag represents a victim and their nationality. VALERIE MACON / AFP

Roses are seen on the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on September 11, 2020 in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Roses are seen on the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on September 11, 2020 in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

The Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on September 11, 2020 in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Angela Weiss / AFP

The Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on September 11, 2020 in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Angela Weiss / AFP

19th anniversary of 9/11 (Twitter)
19th anniversary of 9/11 (Twitter)
A US Park Ranger moves a memorial wreath prior to President Donald J. Trump delivering remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 17th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2020 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the nineteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. J
People place US flags in the ground to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack outside the US Capitol Building on September 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Alex Edelman / AFP
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a ceremony commemorating the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2020. Brendan Smialowski / AFP
The ringing of bells as names are called during a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 19th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2020 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the nineteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP JEFF SW
Some 3,000 flags comprise a 9/11 memorial at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, on September 11, 2020, as the US commemorates the 19th anniversary of the attacks. Each flag represents a victim and their nationality. VALERIE MACON / AFP
Roses are seen on the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on September 11, 2020 in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP
The Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on September 11, 2020 in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Angela Weiss / AFP
19th anniversary of 9/11 (Twitter)
19th anniversary of 9/11 (Twitter)
19th anniversary of 9/11 (Twitter)
19th anniversary of 9/11 (Twitter)
A US Park Ranger moves a memorial wreath prior to President Donald J. Trump delivering remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 17th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2020 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the nineteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. J
A US Park Ranger moves a memorial wreath prior to President Donald J. Trump delivering remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 17th Anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2020 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the nineteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP JEFF SWENSEN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP
People place US flags in the ground to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack outside the US Capitol Building on September 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Alex Edelman / AFP
People place US flags in the ground to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack outside the US Capitol Building on September 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Alex Edelman / AFP
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a ceremony commemorating the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2020. Brendan Smialowski / AFP
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attend a ceremony commemorating the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2020. Brendan Smialowski / AFP
The ringing of bells as names are called during a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 19th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2020 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the nineteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP JEFF SW
The ringing of bells as names are called during a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial commemorating the 19th anniversary of the crash of Flight 93 and the September 11th terrorist attacks on September 11, 2020 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The nation is marking the nineteenth anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, when the terrorist group al-Qaeda flew hijacked airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, killing nearly 3,000 people. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images/AFP JEFF SWENSEN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP
Some 3,000 flags comprise a 9/11 memorial at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, on September 11, 2020, as the US commemorates the 19th anniversary of the attacks. Each flag represents a victim and their nationality. VALERIE MACON / AFP
Some 3,000 flags comprise a 9/11 memorial at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, on September 11, 2020, as the US commemorates the 19th anniversary of the attacks. Each flag represents a victim and their nationality. VALERIE MACON / AFP
Roses are seen on the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on September 11, 2020 in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP
Roses are seen on the 9/11 Memorial as the Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on September 11, 2020 in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP
The Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on September 11, 2020 in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Angela Weiss / AFP
The Tribute in Light art installation shines into the sky over Manhattan on September 11, 2020 in New York to mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Angela Weiss / AFP