Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001. The occasion has brought out a torrent of tributes, memorials, and remembrances.
It’s since been determined that 2996 people died in the attacks, and thousands more were injured, to say nothing of the often fatal health problems that have afflicted many first responders who helped sift through the rubble and toxic dust at Ground Zero. It was a day that looms large in American history—the single deadliest day in the United States since the Civil War—and the state of U.S. politics and foreign policy had never been the same.
Needless to say, many people on social media have been paying tribute to the victims of the attacks, as well as those first responders who bravely risked and, in some cases, sacrificed their lives in service. Whether using the hashtag #NeverForget, or simply tweeting about their personal memories and reflections on the fateful day, there are plenty of examples that call the attacks and the tragic loss of life to mind.
I'll never forget that morning, I'll never forget those we lost, and I'll never forget the heroes who rushed to help #NeverForget15years— Ashley Tisdale (@ashleytisdale) September 11, 2016
I still remember sitting in my 1st grade classroom in shock and horror. Feels like yesterday. #NeverForget15years— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) September 11, 2016
#911 lesson: live life today. So, making sauce and meatballs for fam and friends. watching #jets – tho I could just sit and stare all day.— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) September 11, 2016
❤️.. To the ones we lost this day.. 911 pic.twitter.com/cTacsyqZnx— Gina Carano (@ginacarano) September 11, 2016
In particular, many social media users have retold their stories of what they were doing when they learned of the attack on the World Trade Center. This is a shared point of cultural and national consciousness for countless Americans, not unlike past generations who remembered vividly what they were doing when news of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination broke.
The common thread, if there is one, is the banality of it all—that on a morning like any other and with thoughts of anti-American terrorism hardly on anyone’s mind, one of the most horrifying moments in U.S. history transpired.
As you know, I was driving past Pentagon when plane hit. 911 line jammed, so I called you at WH to report it. https://t.co/IMyIM4i4FF— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) September 11, 2016
I was in 4th grade when 911 happened. One of the saddest and most memorable days of my little childhood.— Lil Debbie (@L1LDebbie) September 11, 2016
I was a Court TV anchor 9/11/01. Will #NeverForget the grief in watching the towers fall, and the brave responders who ran toward the horror— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) September 11, 2016
I was in 7th grade math when they fell..Confusion, fear and prayer turned into strength and unity. We honor the heroes &may we #neverforget.— Ana Villafañe (@aanavee) September 11, 2016
The city of New York will no doubt be remembering and mourning the attacks throughout the day, as will many people all across the United States. President Obama also offered some moving remarks on Sunday morning. Never to be forgotten, one of the four hijacked planes that day crashed into the Pentagon, while another was brought down by its heroic passengers in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, thwarting an attempt to fly it to the White House.