IIn the presence of American President Joe Biden, New York remembered the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 on Saturday. At 8:46 a.m. (local time), a minute’s silence began at the attack site in southern Manhattan known as Ground Zero – exactly at the time when Islamist terrorists had piloted the first of four hijacked aircraft into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York 20 years ago. In total, almost 3,000 people were killed in the attacks.
In addition to the President and First Lady Jill Biden, numerous relatives of the victims and survivors came to the memorial service at today’s memorial. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were also present with their wives. Before the minute’s silence, a choir had sung the American national anthem.
343 firefighters were killed
The British Queen Elizabeth II also thought of the victims and survivors of the terrorist attacks. “My thoughts and prayers – and those of my family and the whole nation – are with the victims, survivors and bereaved,” said the 95-year-old monarch in a letter to American President Joe Biden on Saturday. The Queen praised the efforts of the rescue workers and fire fighters on site and the “resilience and determination of the communities that have come together for the reconstruction”.
In Berlin, the fire brigade held a service to commemorate the fire fighters who died in the attacks. September 11, 2001 is of great importance for fire fighters all over the world, said state fire director Karsten Homrighausen on Saturday at the memorial service in the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Among the nearly 3,000 dead in the attacks in New York and Washington were 343 firefighters who had selflessly helped and were there for others.
During the attacks, one aircraft each flew into the north tower and one into the south tower of the World Trade Center. Both towers then collapsed. The terrorists directed a third machine to the southwestern part of the US Department of Defense near the federal capital Washington. Plane number four crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers resisted the hijackers. The mastermind behind the attacks, Osama bin Laden, was killed by American special forces in 2011.