This week, the city of Manhattan joined Americans around the world in paying tribute to the thousands of people who lost their lives during the deadly terror attacks of September 11, 2001. 88 floodlights with very high beams were installed in lower Manhattan and turned on as sunset fell.
This art installation called “Tribute of Light” is situated near the site of the former World Trade Center towers. The memorial is an annual event that started in March 2002 and it has become a regular feature in the city's calendar.
On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists identified as members of Al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks in the United States. Hijackers flew two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, one plane crashed into the Pentagon and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
2,977 people lost their lives because of the incident and then-President George W. Bush stepped up efforts to combat terrorism both locally and internationally. Osama bin Laden took credit for the terror attacks. The United States forces eventually found and killed bin Laden during a raid ordered by President Barack Obama.
Michigan Senate candidate @JohnJamesMI remembers the attacks 17 years later: “I went to West Point, and we didn’t know what was going to happen. But on September 11 we all know where we were.” pic.twitter.com/kfz5VodlHV— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 12, 2018
At exactly 8:46 a.m. every September 11, the moment when the first hijacked plane struck the Twin Towers in 2001, firefighters around the US take to staircases or even StairMasters for a climb up 110 flights -- dressed in full firefighting gear https://t.co/dsNg8BkVV9 pic.twitter.com/gZszDfXDrt— CNN International (@cnni) September 12, 2018
Americans do not forget
The terror attack was a devastating blow for Americans and is still the most tragic attack on U.S. soil until date. It was an even bigger blow for the international community as there citizens of other countries involved in the twin tower collapse.
Wonderful tribute! RIP all souls lost that day, and all since due to cancer in first responders!— KathieIsBack (@is_kathie) September 12, 2018
Thank you to those who are considerate of the birds. We are all in this world together😊🦉🦅🦆🦇— Patricia Marsolais (@PatriciaMarsol2) September 12, 2018
It’s all about what we do for living beings.— Resistance_Erin (@resistance_erin) September 12, 2018
Many people expected the U.S. government to rebuild the twin towers. However, the site has been repurposed and also features a memorial.
September 11 will always have a sour taste in the mouths of Americans. Nevertheless, it brings them together every year as they pay their respects to the innocent men, women, and children who are no more.