On the 22nd anniversary of September 11, a beautiful rainbow appeared over New York City, symbolizing hope and remembrance. Pictures of this colorful rainbow over Manhattan and Ground Zero spread on social media. After a rainstorm, the skies cleared, and a perfect rainbow formed over the World Trade Center and Lower Manhattan.
On this day, Americans observed moments of silence, shared emotional words, and emphasized the importance of educating younger generations about the events of that tragic day. President Joe Biden, speaking in Anchorage, Alaska, encouraged Americans to unite in protecting democracy. His visit served as a reminder that the impact of 9/11 was felt throughout the nation, no matter how distant the location.
The 9/11 attacks, where hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field, resulted in nearly 3,000 casualties. These attacks significantly influenced American foreign policy.
Vice President Kamala Harris attended a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Plaza at Ground Zero together with other notables. Instead of speeches from politicians, victims’ family members read the names of the deceased and shared brief personal messages. Some expressed patriotic sentiments, gratitude toward first responders and the military, and reflections on the post-9/11 “War on Terror.”
First Lady Jill Biden paid her respects at the Pentagon’s 9/11 memorial, where a large American flag hung from the building’s side. Bells tolled, and taps were played at 9:37 a.m., the time when one of the hijacked planes struck the Pentagon.
Many Americans engaged in volunteer work on Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance, as designated by Congress. Others attended commemorative events at memorials, firehouses, city halls, campuses, and other locations.”