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US Vice President and New York’s Mayor presided 9/11 tribute

New York, Sept 11 (EFE).- The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, the Mayor of New York, Eric Adams, and the Governor of the State, Kathy Hochul, presided over the ceremonies commemorating the 22nd anniversary of 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in the history of the country.

This year, two new victims, numbers 1,948 and 1,649, were identified thanks to advanced DNA testing. The names of the identified man and woman were not released to the public at the express request of the families, as announced Friday by Mayor Adams, who stressed that these were the first identifications in two years.

About 1,100 human remains stored at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, located next to the site where the towers stood until 2001, have yet to be identified.

Although today is a typical work day, flags at half-staff at official sites, tributes at every fire station, a double-beam of light at the site where the Twin Towers stood, and the annual public reading of the names of all those who perished in those multiple attacks, remind the country of that date that forever marked its history.

Every year on September 11th, the two pits where the names of the fallen are inscribed are filled with small American flags and yellow roses in a solemn ceremony that lasts several hours.

Although the main tribute is in New York, there are also events at the Pentagon and in Shaksville (Pennsylvania), where two other planes crashed on that day that, causing a total of almost 3,000 deaths.

“Today we remember the 2,977 precious lives stolen from us on 9/11 and reflect on all that was lost in the fire and ash that September morning,” said President Joe Biden on his X (formerly Twitter) account.

From the Pentagon memorial in Arlington, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin remembered the 184 who died at that facility, and on Flight 77, the third flight hijacked in those attacks.

“We will always honor the memory of our fallen comrades. We will always stand with their families and strive to be worthy of the memory of those we lost,” he added. EFE


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