Today marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. On this day 17 years ago, close to 3,000 people lost their lives in the span of a few hours in what has been the single most devastating attack on our country.
As Americans do every year on this day, many offered their thoughts and some powerful images on Twitter.
We will never forget those we lost on September 11th, 2001 — nor will the world forget the courage and resilience our city showed in the face of unspeakable evil. pic.twitter.com/hxOJnnqWZc
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) September 11, 2018
— Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) September 11, 2018
Our nation faced a horrendous tragedy on 9/11. What followed was great courage, resilience and compassion. Today, let’s honor the women and men who perished & thank the 1st responders who save lives each day
— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) September 11, 2018
We will always remember everyone we lost on 9/11, thank the first responders who keep us safe, and honor all who defend our country and the ideals that bind us together. There’s nothing our resilience and resolve can’t overcome, and no act of terror can ever change who we are.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2018
“This is a day I will certainly never forget. This morning we pause to say a prayer for the lives lost.” -President George W. Bush pic.twitter.com/kKHDFDlTd6
— George W. Bush Presidential Center (@TheBushCenter) September 11, 2018
Despite the terrible tragedy of #September11th, it was a time all Americans stood united and prevailed over adversity. Remembering those lives lost, and the heroes who saved lives 17 years ago today. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/2PPk3Nezuz
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) September 11, 2018
As well as historians:
Seventeen years ago today: pic.twitter.com/qoapy5U13w
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) September 11, 2018
Some were inspired by today’s memorials for those who were lost:
The incredibly powerful 9/11 memorial in New York pic.twitter.com/SACfB5GCZs
— Lewis Vaughan Jones (@LVaughanJones) September 11, 2018
A large American flag is displayed on the side of the Pentagon this morning, to mark the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. VP Pence and DefSec Mattis take part in a ceremony there this morning & will observe a moment of silence at 937AM, the moment Flight 77 hit the building. pic.twitter.com/NxZTgF5hAr
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 11, 2018
“Stand beside her and guide her through the night with the light from above.”
This is the flag that flew on 9/11 on the Pentagon. It flies every year on this solemn anniversary. It will fly always.
— Talley Sergent (@TalleySergent) September 11, 2018
And some by the structure that stands where the Twin Towers used to be:
The annual Tribute in Light tested in New York City one night before the 17th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. #NewYorkCity #nyc #newyork #tributeinlight @Sept11Memorial #neverforget #wtc @agreatbigcity pic.twitter.com/g7wMU8wyIP
— Gary Hershorn (@GaryHershorn) September 11, 2018
Just took off from Newark, and there’s One World Trade Center standing tall above the clouds. pic.twitter.com/SaQv5yD9s5
— Peter Lattman (@peterlattman) September 11, 2018
The administration offered its words of solace:
17 yrs ago, we received a terrible reminder of the evil in our world. In the midst of horrific tragedy America stood strong. We will never be the same, but we will always resilient. Today we honor the memory of those who died, and those who keep us safe. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/MAhOGhLvMb
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 11, 2018
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 11, 2018
As did actors and musicians:
— Pearl Jam (@PearlJam) September 11, 2018
17 years. Today and every day I remember the strength and courage of the heroes and first responders and the incredible unity of New York. Sending my love to anyone who lost anything that day. We will #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/TEZJ41Yrmo
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) September 11, 2018
— Clay Walker (@ClayWalker) September 11, 2018
CJ speaks for many:
On 9/11, Americans cried together. Americans grieved together. But most importantly, on that day, we came together. Let this day remind us not only of the strength of our nation, but the strength of humanity and the bond of the American people. We are stronger together.
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) September 11, 2018
We are keeping all those who were lost, and those who loved ones on that day seventeen years ago in our thoughts today.
— Rob Szczerba (@RJSzczerba) September 11, 2018