Remembering The Victims as The Nation Marks 21 Years Since The 9/11 Attacks

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Every year since the horrible 9/11 attacks there have been memorial ceremonies to recognize the tragic events.

On September 11th, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda to carry out suicide attacks against the United States.

Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The third plane hit the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

The fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Almost 3,000 people were killed during these attacks.

The reading of the victims’ names continues to evoke pain all of these years later.

The annual reading of the names ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum was held on Sunday in Lower Manhattan.

They came to pay tribute to heroes who paid the ultimate price of their lives.

This year, the ceremony was cut back and forth between the remembrance of the Queen and the remembrance of 9/11 and people were not too happy about the cutting of time out of the service.

At 8:46 a.m. there was a moment of silence, recalling the time the first plane struck the north tower.

That was followed by the reading of the names of victims, interrupted by more moments of silence, concluding around 12:30 p.m.

Det. Luis Alvarez was a notable champion for health care for 9/11 first responders suffering from related diseases.

He died shortly after testifying before Congress about the need to fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.

His brother, Phil Alvarez, spoke about the importance of remembering not just those who died on 9/11, but those who have been battling diseases ever since.

Many people are not only scarred from the attacks they’ve witnessed but the attacks on their health that they will never gain back.

“Also want to remember those that survived. Those that continue to suffer from that day. Once again, ordinary people that are doing extraordinary things every day when they get up. Whether they’re sick from that day, whether they’re caring for somebody who’s sick from that day, I think it’s important that we remember them today,” says Phil Alvarez.