19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks

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On 11th September 2020, US commemorated the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The attacks were a series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group Al-Qaeda in New York City and Washington DC. They were the deadliest terrorist attacks ever in world history. Four hijacked aeroplanes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and the field in Shanksville after passengers tried to retake the plane. It led to massive damage to life and property.

2,750 lives were claimed in New York, 184 at the Pentagon and 40 in Pennsylvania. All 19 terrorists died too. More than 400 police officers and firefighters were killed during the immediate relief work at the scenes of the attacks. Hundreds of first responders and survivors died in the years since, due to related illnesses like cancer. Hate crimes against Muslim citizens rose during the initial years since the attacks. The skyscraper in the heart of America came crumbling down and was the ghastliest sight for mankind to ever witness. Weeks after the attack, the US sent troops to Afghanistan to combat al-Qaeda.

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On the 19th anniversary of the attacks, along with the First Lady Melania Trump, Mr. Donald Trump attended a morning service at the Shanksville memorial, where Flight 93 crashed with 40 passengers and the crew inside who tried to prevent hijackers from reaching the US Capitol building.

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“To the family members of Flight 93: today every heartbeat in America is wedded to yours,” Mr. Trump said. “Your pain and anguish is the shared grief of our whole nation,” he added.

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Whereas Mr. Biden and his wife, Jill, attended a memorial service and commemoration ceremony at the 9/11 museum in New York City.

Priyanka Chopra also took to Instagram to pay tribute to the victims of September 11, 2001’s Twin Towers attacks in New York.

A few films based on the said attacks that you can watch to get an even closer glimpse of the anguish, pain, loss, and transformation these attacks had on America, are:

World Trade Center (2006)

The survival drama tells the stories of the rescue workers who tried to evacuate the survivors during the Twin Tower attacks.

Flight 93 (2006)

Directed by Peter Markle, released in 2006, chronicles the events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, one of the four flights hijacked during the September 11 attack.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty depicts the decade-long hunt for Osama Bin Laden after the attacks and his death at the hands of Navy S.E.A.L Team 6.

Reign Over Me (2007)

The story revolves around a man who loses everything he possibly had during the said attacks and finally revives hope towards life owing to a deep friendship with a former college roommate.

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