The United States commemorates the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

 The United States commemorates the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

The United States commemorates the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Readers frequently add personal remarks that form an amalgam of American sentiments about Sept. 11 — grief, anger, toughness, appreciation for first responders and the military, patriotism, hopes for peace, the occasional political jab, and a poignant accounting of the graduations, weddings, births, and daily lives that victims have missed.


Some relatives also lament the fact that a nation that came together — to some extent — in the aftermath of the attacks has since splintered. So much so that federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which were restructured after 9/11 to focus on international terrorism, now see domestic violent extremism as equally urgent.

And the attacks have left an indelible mark on the personal lives of thousands of people who survived, responded, or lost loved ones, friends, and colleagues.


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More than 70 of Sekou Siby's coworkers were killed at Windows on the World, the restaurant atop the north tower of the World Trade Center. Siby was supposed to work that morning until another cook asked him to change shifts.


Siby never worked in a restaurant again because it brought back too many memories. The Ivorian immigrant struggled to comprehend such horror in a country where he'd come in search of a better life.


He struggled to form the close, family-like friendships that he and his Windows on the World coworkers had. It was too painful to become attached to people when "you have no control over what's going to happen to them next," he'd learned.


"Every 9/11 is a reminder of what I lost that I will never be able to recover from," says Siby, now president and CEO of ROC United. The restaurant workers' advocacy group grew out of a relief center for Windows on the World employees who were laid off after the twin towers fell.


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President Joe Biden plans to speak and lay a wreath at the Pentagon on Sunday, while first lady Jill Biden will speak in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked planes crashed after passengers and crew members attempted to storm the cockpit as the hijackers headed for Washington. Al-Qaida conspirators had taken control of the planes and planned to use them as passenger-filled missiles.


Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, attended the commemoration at the National September 11 Memorial in New York, but no political figures are allowed to speak at the ground zero ceremony. Instead, it focuses on victims' relatives reading aloud the names of the deceased.

NEW YORK (AP) — On the 21st anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, Americans remembered 9/11 with readings of victims' names, volunteer work, and other tributes on Sunday.


The commemoration began with a tolling bell and a moment of silence at ground zero in New York, where the World Trade Center's twin towers were destroyed by hijacked planes on Sept. 11, 2001. Victims' families and dignitaries also gathered at the two other attack sites, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.


Other communities are commemorating the day with candlelight vigils, interfaith services, and other activities. Some Americans are participating in volunteer projects on Patriot Day, which is also a National Day of Service and Remembrance.


They have no recollection of their parents dying on 9/11. However, THE 9/11 ATTACKS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

They have no recollection of their parents dying on 9/11. They will, however, never forget.

The commemorations follow a tumultuous milestone anniversary last year. It came just weeks after the chaotic and humiliating end of the US-led war in Afghanistan in response to the attacks.


But, while this September 11 may be less of a watershed moment, it remains a time to reflect on the attack that killed nearly 3,000 people, sparked a global "war on terror," and reshaped national security policy.


It also sparked a sense of national pride and unity in many people for a time, while subjecting Muslim Americans to years of suspicion and bigotry and sparking debate about the balance between safety and civil liberties. The aftermath of 9/11 continues to reverberate through American politics and public life in both subtle and obvious ways.

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