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It has been 19 years. That is almost two decades since America faced a series of terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda. The terrorist organization targeted important landmarks that included the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington DC, and a failed attempt to crash into the Capitol. It was an incident that left the whole nation devastated and reeling over these years, in order to recover. Today marks a dark day in the recent history of America, one that is still fresh in the minds of those who lost their loved ones. Even today, Americans can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers.
This year, among a lot of things, the usual commemoration rituals are also being altered. According to Associated Press, to adhere to coronavirus-safety precautions, split-screen remembrances one at the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center and another on a nearby corner will be placed. The Pentagon’s observance will also be restricted and not even victims’ families will be allowed to attend. Only small groups of mourners can visit the memorial to pay their respects there later in the day.
The memory of the day becomes a haunting reminder every year for the Americans. Here are a few heartbreaking visuals from the day. Discretion is advised while pursuing the following.