Twenty years later, America has paid tribute to its victims. It was at the September 11 memorial in the Pentagon that the President Joe Biden concluded his visit to the three sites affected in the attacks in 2001.
Here, one of the airliners hijacked by Al Qaeda operatives crashed into one side of the military building, killing 125 people. Accompanied by the vice-president Kamala Harris, the president attended several commemorative events.
It is in Pennsylvania that Georges Bush, President of the United States at the time of the tragedy, spoke: “In the weeks and months following the September 11 attacks, I was proud to lead an extraordinary, resilient, and united people. If we are talking about the unity of America, those times are distant. Evil forces seem to be at work, and they turn every disagreement into an argument, and every argument into a clash of cultures. Much of our politics has become an appeal to anger, fear, and resentment. This leaves worried about our nation, and our future together“.
In Virginia, in Norfolk, in front of the 9/11 memorial, the NATO Secretary General also paid tribute to the victims. This was also the case for the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on an official visit to Poland … where she gave a mixed assessment of the invasion of Afghanistan that followed:“We must now recognize that although we have succeeded in defeating terrorism, which endangers our security, at present we have not achieved all of our objectives.“
To mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks, the American national anthem was played, outside the Windsor Castle, during the changing of the guard ceremony.