The Speaker
Monday, 20 May 2024 – 23:53

Anniversary of terrorist attack brings remembrance

Every September, those in the US take the time to remember what happened in New York 18 years ago, when terrorists destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center and plunged the US Into a war against international terrorism.

The day brings the chance to remember not only those that died in the attacks, but also those that died trying to rescue people from the rubble of the towers. In New York, the families of those that lost their lives on 9/11 gather to commemorate those that they lost, as citizens across the country take the day to remember who was lost. The initial attack on September 11 left almost 3,000 dead and thousands more wounded. In the years since, even more have died as a result of illness due to their proximity to ground zero. A fund was established by Congress to provide health coverage for those still suffering, and that fund was recently extended nearly indefinitely after some push-back from Republicans.

President Donald Trump spoke in front of the Pentagon, where one of the planes crashed on September 11, about threatening any terrorist that attacks the US with the full power of the US military and how “They will never have seen anything like what will happen to them. No enemy on Earth can match the overwhelming strength, skill and might of the American armed forces.”

At the end of August, a trial date was set for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the alleged ‘architect’ of the 9/11 attacks. Mohammad, along with four other men who have been held in Guantánamo Bay since their capture in 2003. If found guilty, in their trial set for January 11 2021, the men would face the death penalty, with a preliminary hearing set to take place in a few months.

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