On the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Americans from coast to coast paid solemn tribute to the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil. Bells tolled at ground zero in New York and at countless memorials, firehouses, city halls, and campuses across the country. This poignant day not only commemorates a national tragedy but also underscores the enduring legacy that continues to shape American foreign policy and security concerns.
- United in Remembrance: Coming Together in Grief
- Connecting Beyond Distance: A Shared Memorial Beyond Miles
- Patriot Day and Acts of Service: Serving Beyond Remembrance
- Ground Zero Commemoration: A Solemn Reading of Names
- A Presidential Journey to Alaska: A Presidential First
- Remembering Heroes in Pennsylvania: Flight 93 National Memorial
- Educating Future Generations: Preserving the Legacy Through Education
United in Remembrance: Coming Together in Grief
For individuals like Edward Edelman, who lost his brother-in-law Daniel McGinley, the pain of 9/11 remains ever-present. He shared, “For those of us who lost people on that day, that day is still happening.” This sentiment echoes the hearts of many who gathered at ground zero to honor their loved ones.
Joe Biden’s visit to a military base in Anchorage underscores that the impact of 9/11 resonated across every corner of the nation. The hijacked plane attacks not only claimed nearly 3,000 lives but also left an indelible mark on American foreign policy and instilled a collective sense of vigilance and unity.
Connecting Beyond Distance: A Shared Memorial Beyond Miles
Despite being over 100 miles from the Pentagon and more than three times that distance from New York, Goochland County, Virginia, forged a poignant connection to the events of 9/11. Their local memorial, incorporating steel from the World Trade Center, serves as a tangible link to that fateful day.
In Goochland County, a predominantly rural area, the commemoration takes a dual approach. A morning service pays tribute to first responders, while an evening ceremony honors all the victims. This heartfelt gesture ensures that the sacrifices made are never forgotten.
Patriot Day and Acts of Service: Serving Beyond Remembrance
In addition to formal commemorations, many Americans use this day for acts of service and remembrance. Congress designates 9/11 as both Patriot Day and a National Day of Service, providing an opportunity for citizens to give back to their communities.
Ground Zero Commemoration: A Solemn Reading of Names
At ground zero in New York, Vice President Kamala Harris joins in the ceremony at the National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum plaza. This event shifts focus away from political figures, instead allowing victims’ relatives to take the podium for an hours-long reading of the names of the deceased.
For James Giaccone, this commemoration is a deeply personal ritual. He reads his brother Joseph Giaccone’s name aloud, ensuring that those who perished are never relegated to silence. His sentiment reflects the collective resolve to preserve the memory of those lost.
A Presidential Journey to Alaska: A Presidential First
President Biden’s commemoration in Alaska marks a significant departure from past observances. As the first president to commemorate Sept. 11 in Alaska and the western U.S., he emphasizes that the impact of 9/11 was felt in every corner of the nation.
Remembering Heroes in Pennsylvania: Flight 93 National Memorial
In Pennsylvania, a special remembrance and wreath-laying take place at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown. This site, operated by the National Park Service, stands as a testament to the bravery of those who fought to prevent further tragedy.
Educating Future Generations: Preserving the Legacy Through Education
The memorial site introduces a range of educational resources, including a new video and virtual tour, designed for teachers to use in classrooms. Over 10,000 students are registered to participate in the “National Day of Learning” program, ensuring that the lessons of 9/11 continue to shape the minds of the next generation.
As Katherine Hostetler, a National Park Service ranger and memorial spokesperson, emphasizes, “We need to get the word out to the next generation.” This commitment underscores the enduring importance of ensuring that the legacy of 9/11 lives on.