Twenty years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, it is clear that, in fact, Americans will never forget the lives they lost. As in previous years, social media was a place where people around the world could pay tribute and remember the victims. Among them were celebrities like former first lady Michelle Obama, model Gigi Hadid and actor Ryan Reynolds, who pondered the tragedy that has now been around for two decades.
To mark this year’s anniversary, President Joe Biden and former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton attended a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial, where the Twin Towers once stood. They were accompanied by First Lady Jill Biden and former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton as they honored the nearly 3,000 people who died on September 11th. Of course, that was not the end of their honors. Biden joined the many government officials and leaders paying tribute on Twitter and Instagram and posted a video sharing the story of his friend Davis who lost his son in the South Tower collapse. He went on to acknowledge the loss of all families and the myriad of heroic acts.
“America and the world remember you and your loved ones. The pieces of your soul, “said the POTUS in part. “We honor all who have risked and given their lives in the minutes, hours, months and years that followed.”
Barack Obama also paid tribute to the losses and reflected on “what we have learned in the 20 years since that terrible morning”. He noted that the list was “long and growing,” but stressed that “America has always been home to heroes who are in danger to do the right thing”. It was a message that Rhythm Section star Blake Lively was moved by. She posted it on her Instagram Stories and wrote, “Tap the caption. So nicely said. “
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama remembered the morning of September 11th and how she had just dropped daughter Malia on her first day of kindergarten when she heard about the attacks on the radio. “The insecurity and fear set in almost immediately,” she wrote in part. “What happened? Had the world just changed? What future would our girls enter?”
Actress Kate Hudson also wrote about her experiences on that fateful day, remembering how “those of us who lived in New York saw another city. A city in mourning and yet together. Working together, supporting one another, regardless of their beliefs, politics or business. ”Her colleague from New York, model Gigi Hadid, who was not living in New York City at the time, similarly emphasized the“ resilient spirit of NYC ” and how she is “proud to be part of it”.
Ryan Reynolds, a Canadian, specifically honored his compatriots who have died. The Deadpool star posted a photo of a plaque “In Memory of the Lost Canadians” showing the 26 names.
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