World leaders, including Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, paid tribute to the victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks on the 20th anniversary of one of America’s darkest days.
In a message to US President Joe Biden, the British monarch said she remembered a visit to the World Trade Center in 2010.
“It reminds me that as we honor those of many nations, faiths and backgrounds who have lost their lives, we also recognize the resilience and determination of the communities that have come together to rebuild,” she said in a statement.
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New York-born British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated her sentiments, saying the terrorists “have not shaken our belief in freedom and democracy”.
Across the English Channel, French President Emmanuel Macron posted a video the American flag on Twitter next to the caption: “We will #NeverForget. We will always fight for freedom.”
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, also tweeted that the EU “stands with the US in defending freedom and compassion against hatred”.
“Even in the darkest and most difficult of times, the best of human nature can shine through,” she wrote.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in also expressed his “deepest condolences” to Biden and the American people. write on twitter that his country will continue to support US counter-terrorism efforts.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also used social media to express his condolences. He tweeted that September 11th was a date in history that “hit mankind” and “taught the world a lot”.
Elsewhere, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a blog post that the events that day were “a terrible human tragedy that inflicts great personal suffering and grief on so many people.”
He added that it “reminds us that we can never take our peace, freedom and way of life for granted”.
The honors came as the United States held several events to commemorate the 2,977 people who died that day when two planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia; and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.