9/11 attacks still reverberate as US marks 21st anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — People remembered 9/11 on Sunday with tear-choked tributes and pleas to “always remember,” 21 years after the deadliest terror assault on U.S. soil.

Nikita Shah headed to the ceremony on the bottom in a T-shirt that bore the de facto epigraph of the annual commemoration — “always remember” — and the title of her slain father, Jayesh Shah.

The household moved to Houston afterward however has usually returned to New York for the anniversary of the assault that killed him and practically 3,000 different folks.

“For us, it was being round individuals who type of skilled the identical kind of grief and the identical emotions after 9/11,” mentioned Shah, who was 10 when her father was killed on the World Commerce Middle on Sept. 11, 2001.

Victims’ kinfolk and dignitaries additionally convened on the two different assault websites, the Pentagon and a discipline in Pennsylvania.

Different communities across the nation are marking the day with candlelight vigils, interfaith companies and different commemorations. Some People are becoming a member of in volunteer tasks on a day that’s federally acknowledged as each Patriot Day and a Nationwide Day of Service and Remembrance.

Greater than 20 years later, Sept. 11 stays a degree for reflection on the assault that reconfigured nationwide safety coverage and spurred a U.S. “conflict on terror” worldwide. Sunday’s observances, which comply with a fraught milestone anniversary final yr, come little greater than a month after a U.S. drone strike killed a key al-Qaida determine who helped plot the 9/11 assaults, Ayman al-Zawahri.

It additionally stirred — for a time — a way of nationwide delight and unity for a lot of whereas subjecting Muslim People to years of suspicion and bigotry and engendering debate over the steadiness between security and civil liberties. In methods each delicate and plain, the aftermath of 9/11 ripples by American politics and public life to at the present time.

And the assaults have solid a protracted shadow on the non-public lives of hundreds of people that survived, responded or misplaced family members, associates and colleagues.

Firefighter Jimmy Riches’ namesake nephew wasn’t born but when his uncle died, however the boy took the rostrum to pay tribute to him.

“You’re at all times in my coronary heart. And I do know you’re watching over me,” he mentioned after studying a portion of the victims’ names.

Greater than 70 of Sekou Siby’s co-workers perished at Home windows on the World, the restaurant atop the commerce middle’s north tower. Siby had been scheduled to work that morning till one other prepare dinner requested him to modify shifts.

Siby by no means took a restaurant job once more; it might have introduced again too many recollections. The Ivorian immigrant wrestled with the way to comprehend such horror in a rustic the place he’d come searching for a greater life.

He discovered it tough to kind the kind of shut, family-like friendships he and his Home windows on the World co-workers had shared. It was too painful, he had discovered, to turn into connected to folks when “you don’t have any management over what’s going to occur to them subsequent.”

“Each 9/11 is a reminder of what I misplaced that I can by no means recuperate,” says Siby, who’s now president and CEO of ROC United. The restaurant staff’ advocacy group advanced from a aid middle for Home windows on the World staff who misplaced their jobs when the dual towers fell.

On Sunday, President Joe Biden spoke and laid a wreath on the Pentagon. On the similar time, first woman Jill Biden spoke in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the place one of many hijacked planes went down after passengers and crew members tried to storm the cockpit because the hijackers headed for Washington. Al-Qaida conspirators had seized management of the jets to make use of them as passenger-filled missiles.

Vice President Kamala Harris and husband Doug Emhoff joined the observance on the Nationwide Sept. 11 Memorial in New York. Nonetheless, by custom, no political figures communicate on the floor zero ceremony. It facilities as a substitute on victims’ kinfolk studying aloud the names of the useless.

Readers usually add private remarks that kind an alloy of American sentiments about Sept. 11 — grief, anger, toughness, appreciation for first responders and the navy, appeals to patriotism, hopes for peace, occasional political barbs, and a poignant accounting of the graduations, weddings, births and each day lives that victims have missed.

Some kinfolk additionally lament {that a} nation that got here collectively — to some extent — after the assaults have since splintered aside. A lot in order that federal legislation enforcement and intelligence companies, which had been reshaped to deal with worldwide terrorism after 9/11, now see the specter of home violent extremism as equally pressing.

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