In Photos: Tributes to 9/11 Victims, Survivors, and Families From Around the World
Tributes to Sept. 11 victims, survivors, and families from around the world
Sept. 11, 2021, 10:50 a.m. ET
By Aina J. Khan
As the United States marks the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, memorials have been held around the world, and tributes have been paid by global leaders, in memory of the victims, survivors and families affected.
In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to the victims of the attacks in a video address played at a memorial event at the Olympic Park in East London.
Mr. Johnson said that while the threat from terrorists remained, the last 20 years had shown that “they failed to shake our belief in freedom and democracy; they failed to drive our nations apart, or cause us to abandon our values, or to live in permanent fear.”
In a message to President Biden, Queen Elizabeth II said, “my thoughts and prayers — and those of my family and the entire nation — remain with the victims, survivors and families affected, as well as the first responders and rescue workers called to duty.”
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, who was in the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, described it as a “day I’ll never forget.”
In a statement, Ms. Ardern said: “I saw first hand the shock and fear that goes hand in hand with terrorism.”
Many world leaders took to Twitter to commemorate the attacks, including the prime ministers of Ireland, Greece and Canada — Micheal Martin, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Justin Trudeau — and the presidents of France and South Korea, Emmanuel Macron and Moon Jae-in.
“20 years have passed, but the shock of that day still remains as deep wounds in the hearts of so many,” Mr. Moon said.
In Madrid, staff from the U.S. embassy placed a floral wreath at a memorial in Juan Carlos I Park. From the compound of the U.S. embassy, two giant light beams pierced the night on Friday, shining up into the sky to represent the twin towers.
Flags flew at half-staff outside NATO headquarters in Brussels, where Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary-general and Douglas D. Jones, the U.S. charge d’affaires, held a moment of silence at the Sept. 11 memorial — a piece of twisted metal from the World Trade Center — at the precise minute that the first plane struck the North Tower of the complex.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India described the 9/11 attack as an “attack on humanity.”
Raphael Minder contributed reporting from Madrid.