New York: On Sunday, the whole nation of United States of America came together to remember the victims of 9/11 terror attacks, ten years on. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives when New York’s twin towers were hit by two hijacked planes in 2001. The horror of this attack still remains fresh in the minds of Americans.
Thousands gathered at Ground Zero on Sunday to commemorate the 9/11 attacks. Family members came near the site with American flags to join the remembrance ceremony amidst tight security.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in New York to attend the ceremony. Former President George W. Bush, who was the President at the time of 9/11 attacks, was also present.
New York City spent a moment of silence at 8:46 AM, when American Airlines Flight 11 had crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre. Another moment of silence was observed at 9:03 AM when the South Tower was hit by United Airlines Flight 175. In the ceremony, family members read out the names of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks.
The whole ceremony was conducted amidst tight security as authorities in New York and Washington claimed to receive ‘credible but unconfirmed’ reports about an al-Qaida plot to attack US again.
The 9/11 attacks shook not just the US but the entire world. The day is marked as the one that changed the world.