The President Barack Obama welcomed on Tuesday September 11, a stronger and more United America, soberly, while Americans celebrated the 11th anniversary of the attacks of the September 11, reflecting a certain appeasement over the years.
“When the history books will be written, what will remain of the September 11, is not hatred or divisions, but a safer world, a country stronger and more United than before people”, said Mr. Obama, meeting with families in the Pentagon, one of the targets of the attacks that had almost 3,000 deaths.
The American president has assured that his country had “inflicted a devastating blow” to Al-Qaeda. “And Osama bin Laden did threaten us ever”, said Mr. Obama, who had ordered the mission which killed the founder of the extremist Nebula May 2, 2011 in Pakistan.
2983 SERIOUS NAMES
As every year, six moments of silence were observed on the site of the attacks in New York: at 8: 46 am, at a time where a first airliner was embedded in one of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. at 9: 03 pm, when the second plane hit the second tower; at 9: 37 a.m., when a third plane hit the Pentagon, and at 10: 00 am, when a fourth plane crashed in a field at Shanksville (Pennsylvania). The time at which the towers had collapsed was marked a moment of silence.
Throughout the morning, on a sunny day, as eleven years ago, the name of the dead was shelled by their relatives, the Memorial opened the year last on the place of the tragedy. The names of the victims and those of a first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 there are engraved: 2 983 people total. Shocked families first names, put flowers.
At 8: 46 am, the president and his wife Michelle Obama is also gathered in silence, the hand on the heart, in the gardens of the White House where the flags were at half-mast. Vice President Joe Biden was visited Shanksville, where he welcomed “heroism” of those dead in the aircraft after having resisted the hijackers of air.
At the Congress, 275 elected members of the Senate and House gathered to sing to God Bless America stunned tourists (“God bless America”, the national anthem). But neither the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, this on-site, or any politician took the floor in New York City. “We have done it for ten years, it is time to do something else,” explained the Mayor to the local chain of ABC.
THE AMERICANS HAVE TURNED THE PAGE
In fact, after the ceremonies 10 years, and even the emotions of the families remained palpable Tuesday in New York, many Americans, now more concerned about the economic crisis, seem turned the page, largely helped by the death of bin Laden. “I am much more relaxed,” said June Pollicino, who lost her husband in the tragedy. After the 9th anniversary, we had begun to prepare the 10th. “This year we can celebrate in a discrete manner.”
New York City, on the place of the tragedy, life has taken long, even if “Ground Zero” is a vast unfinished. Several skyscrapers are under construction, with the greatest reach, with its spire, 541 metres. It will then be the building the tallest in the United States, as were the twin towers.
The presidential campaign is has not even been suspended. Messrs. Obama and Romney, his Republican opponent, had not expected rally, but the former president Bill Clinton was campaigning in Miami, Florida, to support the president. Mr. Obama and his Republican opponent however stopped for one day their election advertisements television, extremely aggressive.