The United States commemorates the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, which left almost 3,000 dead, still shocked by an event that in many ways changed the course of history not only in the country but in the entire world.
The ceremonies at the Zero zone began with a minute of silence at 08:46 (12:46 GMT), the time when the first of the four planes hijacked by 19 Islamist terrorists hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Later, relatives, many in tears and friends began reading and remembering each of the 2,975 victims of the attacks with four commercial jets launched at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon near Washington, and a fourth, presumably aimed at the Capitol, which crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
United States President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, as well as predecessors in office, such as Bill Clinton and Barak Obama, participated in Ground Zero ceremonies in New York, which took on a special meaning this year.
In addition to the uneven departure of US troops from Afghanistan after the return to power of the same Taliban who were evicted almost 20 years ago for sheltering the ideologues of the attacks perpetrated by Al Qaeda, there was a return to a certain normality after the blow. of the covid, which was particularly cruel to New York. Many are the people who have traveled this week, especially to New York, which woke up under strong security measures, to pay tribute to the victims, 2,753 of them in the Twin Towers.
Twenty years later, the emotion is still alive for this brutal attack that shocked an entire country and the entire world, not in vain the victims were of 90 nationalities. The edge of the pools where the names of the 2,753 victims of the Twin Towers are inscribed has been filling with flowers since Thursday.
In Ground Zero of the attacks, the tallest building in the country has been erected, the One World Trade Center, with 541 meters high, a museum and two swimming pools where the Twin Towers used to be.
Much has changed the world since the September 11 attacks by Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda, later killed by the Americans in their refuge in Pakistan.
The US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan was followed by the Islamist attacks in Bali (2002), Madrid (2004), London (2005), Bombay (2008) or Paris (2015), or the emergence of groups such as the State Islamic, who have taken the levels of terror to unimaginable heights and have created schools in many regions of the world.
In the heat of the revolts in favor of freedom and democracy in many countries of the Arab world during the so-called Arab Spring, many conflicts escalated into atrocious civil wars such as in Libya or Syria where Islamist groups belonging to Al Qaida or IS also fought an all-out war that is spreading across weak states in Africa. The attacks also profoundly changed the way of traveling with strong security measures at airports, airplanes, train or ship stations and intelligence services controls that are now part of the daily life of travelers.
Source: Televisa News.