The United States showed a rare moment of unity in the midst of political polarization, remembering the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, with commemoration ceremonies highlighting the "sacrifice" of the "heroes".
"America's future is not written by our enemies (...) America will never, ever submit to tyranny," said President Donald Trump in his speech at the memorial monument in Shanksville (Pennsylvania), where United Flight 93, hijacked by terrorists, crashed with 40 people on board.
At that time, the president said, "a band of brave patriots turned the tide on our nation's enemies" and joined "the immortal ranks of American heroes."
United flight 93 was headed for the US Congress, and crashed into the Pennsylvania prairies, 270 kilometers northwest of Washington, when the 40 passengers rebelled against terrorists who had taken control of the aircraft.
Therefore, Trump stressed that "the tears of relatives" are "shared grief with an entire nation."
A few minutes earlier, Vice President Mike Pence, at a ceremony at the Pentagon, where another of the planes crashed into the headquarters of the Department of Defense, outside of Washington, killing 184 people, showed his "debt of honor and respect" for the victims and their relatives.
Also, the Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, who has just returned from a surprise trip to Afghanistan, where US troops fought for 17 years, precisely in the wake of the historic attack, recognized the efforts of those who, despite the danger rushed to help the victims.
"Though evil visited us on a cloudless Tuesday morning, courage and strength answered amid the fire and smoke in New York City, in a Pennsylvania prairie and in this same building, when innocent people from 91 countries were murdered in our territory," said Mattis.
The United States, as every year, has organized many events to commemorate the September 2001 attacks, in which almost 3,000 people died and were the largest terrorist attack in the US history.
In New York, several thousand people gathered today in the vicinity of the World Trade Center to pay tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks on its 17th anniversary.
The Big Apple recalled 9/11 with an emotional ceremony in which relatives of the deceased read the names of the almost 3,000 people who lost their lives in the attacks that took place that day.
A few minutes after the beginning of the ceremony, at 08.46 a.m. (ET), the assistants observed one minute of silence to remember the exact moment in which the first plane hit the Twin Towers.
Although most of the family members who participated in the ceremony limited themselves to reading the names of the victims or dedicating a brief memory to their loved ones, some of them sobbing, one of the first to get on the podium took advantage of the moment to ask them to stop using the tragedy for political purposes.
"Please stop using the bones and ashes of our loved ones as props in your political theater," said a relative of the victims, who lost his 76-year-old mother on 9/11.