New York — On the 22nd anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Americans gathered to remember and reflect, with somber ceremonies spanning from the hallowed ground zero in New York to the distant corners of Alaska.
The tolling of bells, heartfelt personal tributes, and tears marked the day as people came together at memorials, firehouses, city halls, campuses, and various locations to observe this solemn occasion. It was a day to pay homage to the victims and honor the resilience of a nation forever changed by the deadliest terror attack on its soil.
Edward Edelman, whose brother-in-law Daniel McGinley was among the victims, expressed the enduring impact of that tragic day, saying, "For those of us who lost people on that day, that day is still happening. Everybody else moves on. And you find a way to go forward, but that day always happens for you."
In a poignant reminder of the reach of the 9/11 attacks, President Joe Biden participated in a ceremony at a military base in Anchorage, Alaska. During his return from a trip to India and Vietnam, his visit underscored how this historic event resonated in even the most remote corners of the nation.
The 9/11 attacks, which claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field, had a profound and lasting impact on American foreign policy and domestic security concerns, reshaping the nation's trajectory in significant ways.