September 11, 2021 marked the twentieth anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks on both World Trade Centers in New York City, as well as the Pentagon in Washington D.C.. The Islamic Terrorist group al-Qaeda were behind the attacks. The attacks sparked unwinnable wars in both Afghanistan and Iran, but also sparked a domesic war on terrorism. Security and surveillance in the U.S. were largely affected throughout the country.
This year, in commemoration of the 343 firefighters who lost their lives trying to get to the top of the World Trade Centers, our local firefighters climbed 110 flights of stairs at our stadium.
Many people drove by and admired the thought the firefighter put into the memorial.
“I was driving past the stadium and witnessed our local firefighters commemorating all of the brave souls who entered into the burning building and gave their lives that day,” counselor Mrs. Thrash said.
As a country, honoring and remembering the events on 9/11 is important. States across the country honored those who died, many had different ways of doing it. Sept. 11 is apart of American history that has affected our past, present, and future.
“I think that it is super important to remember the horrifying events that happened twenty years ago and continue to honor all of the brave men and women that died or e
experienced the tragedy of the suicide bombers,” senior Emelyn Carpenter said.
Every year the 9/11 Memorial and Museum commemorates three times a year. The first time is the 9/11 commemoration which is an observance held at the 9/11 memorial in lower Manhattan. During this commemoration family members of the victims read aloud the names of those killed in the 9/11 attacks and the 1993 bombing.
The second commemoration is on February 26, 1993 and it is for the six people killed in the 1993 bombing. The third commemoration is on May 30, 2002. This is to honor those who worked in recovery operations for nine months after 9/11. On May 30, each year a ceremony is held to observe the formal end of the recovery operations. This is celebration is located on the southwestern portion of the Memorial plaza and is a tribute to the thousands of men and women who offered rescue, relief, and recovery efforts.
In one of the first Subway Series game, played on Sept. 11, the Mets and Yankees wore hats honoring the New York City’s first-responder agencies. During the game, both teams met on the field for hugs and handshakes, the national anthem was performed by the New York Police Department’s Police Athletic League Cops and Kids Chorus.
Every year on this date, the flags are lowered to half mast and lives are
honored. The White House hosts a Memorial service and this year President Joe Biden, former presidents Donald Trump, and Barack Obama all attended. The community also honored this date with their commemoration.