9/11 commemoration

September 11 is the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in 2001 on the United States. Almost 3000 people were killed that day. The day is known as 9/11 (which is the American style of writing the date - month then day).

Every year a memorial event is held to commemorate the victims of the atrocity. The event takes place in Memorial Plaza which, along with the 9/11 Museum, is on the site of the twin towers in New York. This year’s event, however, will be different because of Coronavirus.

The most important part of the ceremony is a reading of the names of those who died. This is usually done by the families of the dead. However, this year, social distancing means the families will attend the ceremony but will not go on to the stage to take part in the reading of the names. Instead, the names will be recorded and the recording will be played during the ceremony.

The ceremony has six moments of silence. These acknowledge the exact times when each of the twin towers was struck, when each of them collapsed, and the times of the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. Places of worship in the area ring their bells at these times.

background information 

On September 11, 2001, 19 extremists hijacked four airplanes. These were used to attack targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York, a third plane hit the Pentagon (Department of Defence) just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.     

2,996 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks, including the 19 hijackers. There were citizens of 78 countries among the dead.

glossary

  • atrocity – la atrocidad
  • citizen – ciudadano/a
  • memorial – comemorativo
  • hijacker – el secuestrador
  • target – objetivo
  • to acknowledge – reconocer
  • to collapse – derrumbarse
  • to commemorate – conmemorar
  • to hijack – secuestrar

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we use the phrase place of worship to mean any church (la iglesia), mosque (la mezquita), synagogue (la sinagoga), temple (el templo), or other religious buildi

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