New York City Marks 19 Years Since 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
By Yehudit Garmaise
Nineteen years ago this morning, on Sept. 11, 2001, 19 terrorists from the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes to carry out suicide attacks that resulted in the deaths of almost 3,000 Americans.
Terrorists flew two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C. A fourth plane, flight 93, also headed toward Washington, DC, but the plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Penn., after heroic passengers thwarted the hijackers.
The 9/11 terrorist attacks motivated the U.S president at the time, George W. Bush, a Republican, to initiate a war on terrorism, whose goals were to bring Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda to justice and to prevent the emergence of other terrorist networks.
Today, mourners who lost family members can visit the former site of the World Trade Center, which is now a 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
At the time of the attacks, the site was called Ground Zero.
Although a list of names of the 9/11 victims is usually read live at the annual 9/11 event at the memorial, this year, because of restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the list of the names of the victims has been pre-recorded. Vice President Mike Pence is planning to speak at the 9/11 Memorial, while President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plan to attend a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Penn.
In an emotional and beautiful visual tribute to those who were killed in the 9/11 attacks, the Municipal Art Society of New York will, as always, project two beams of light to evoke the fallen twin towers and those who tragically perished.
The two beams of light, called “Tribute in Light,” are comprised of 88 vertical searchlights that workers place six blocks south of the World Trade Center on top of the Battery Parking Garage. On clear nights, the lights are visible in all of five boroughs of New York City and 60 miles beyond.