It’s been 18 years since the September 11 attacks left nearly 3,000 people dead in the worst act of terrorism the US has ever experienced.
The attack on 11th September, 2001 shook the world as a group of Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four planes, two of which were crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third was flown into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
Throughout the day, people have been commemorating all those who lost their lives in the tragic events, with a special ceremony taking place in New York City at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
All over the world, tributes have been pouring in, perhaps none more as emotional as this group of New Zealand firefighters who performed a passionate haka under Auckland’s Sky Tower to pay tribute to the “bravery and sacrifice” of first responders who died in the line of duty at the World Trade Center on that fateful day.
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After the haka, more than 200 firefighters climbed the stairs of the 328-meter-high Sky Tower in memory of their American counterparts. According to reports, three chiefs from the New York Fire Department – John Buckheit, Chief Howard Hill and Battalion Chief David Morkal – also attended the event.
The original video was posted to Twitter by US Ambassador to New Zealand Scott Brown.
He wrote: ‘An appropriate and uniquely Kiwi way to remember the bravery and sacrifice of 9/11 first responders.’
As part of the ceremony that took place in New York City today, all those who lost their lives in the attacks had their names read out.
According to ABC News, there was six moments of silence throughout the ceremony: two for the moments when the planes hit each tower, two for when each tower collapsed, one for the moment when a third hijacked plane struck the Pentagon in Arlington County, and another for when a fourth plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
President Donald Trump spoke at the Pentagon’s memorial ceremony, although he was criticised for going off topic to talk about his scrapped plans to hold peace talks with the Taliban at Camp David.
“We had peace talks scheduled a few days ago,” Trump told the crowd assembled at one of the sites of the attacks that collectively killed thousands.
“I called them off when I learned that they had killed a great American soldier from Puerto Rico and 11 other innocent people … The last four days we have hit our enemy harder than they have ever been hit before.”
One reporter described the audience’s response as “polite.”
Elsewhere, a number of high-profile US politicians – including several Democratic presidential candidates – shared statements and remembrances in honour of the anniversary of the attacks.
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the tragic events of 9/11.
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