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America remembers the terrorist attacks of September 11

Two decades and two years after the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11, Americans came together to honor and remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on that fateful day. In New York, loved ones read aloud the names of the victims, with Sybil Ramsaran, who lost her daughter, expressing her grief as she still feels fresh.

As President Joe Biden paid his respects in Alaska, Vice President Kamala Harris stood with the families of the victims at the 9/11 memorial in New York. Ahead of this commemoration, the Office of the Chief Coroner identified two additional victims, bringing the count to 1,649, although their names remain confidential.

Key commemorative events took place at central locations linked to the attacks: the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, speaking at the Pentagon, reflected on the impact of 9/11, calling it the defining moment that transformed America into “a nation at war.”

Across the country, multiple ceremonies, including moments of silence, bells and candlelight vigils, marked what is now known as Patriot’s Day. Fenton, Missouri, a small community, hosted a special ceremony featuring a segment of the World Trade Center steel and a plaque dedicated to a 9/11 victim.

For the first time, Monmouth County in New Jersey declared September 11th a holiday for county employees. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s St. Joseph Fire Department conducted its annual 9/11 Stair Climb, replicating the 110 stories firefighters climbed during 9/11 rescue operations, commemorating the most of 300 firefighters lost that day.

The 9/11 terrorist attacks remain the deadliest event on American soil, second only to the 1941 Pearl Harbor attack that claimed 2,400 lives.

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