NEW YORK: Americans on Sunday marked the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, with President Joe Biden visiting the Pentagon and New Yorkers honoring the nearly 3,000 people killed when hijacked planes destroyed the Twin Towers. Relatives of victims, police officers, firefighters and city leaders gathered at the National September 11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan, where the names of those who died were read aloud — as they have been every year since the deadliest single attack on US soil. They rang bells and held moments of silence at 8:46 am and 9:03 am (12:46 and 13:03 GMT), the precise times the passenger jets struck the World Trade Center’s North and South Towers.
Messages of sympathy and support came from outside the country, including from NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who called September 11 “one of the most tragic days” for the US and the world. “Facing missile attacks daily, Ukraine knows well what terrorism is and sincerely sympathizes with the American people,” Zelensky tweeted, referring to the Russian invasion of his country that has left thousands dead. New York was illuminated late Saturday by a “Tribute in Light” that showed two blue beams projecting into the night sky symbolizing the Twin Towers.