In recent years, more and more aware of the suffering that had to endure the people who were the first on the scene of terrorist attacks.
Americans mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks with commemorative ceremonies, volunteer actions, calls to “never forget” the events of 2001 and increased attention to the long-term consequences of the attacks for rescuers.
Relatives of the victims will gather at Ground Zero, where the world trade center towers stood, while President Donald Trump will attend a memorial event at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence will speak at the crash site of another plane hijacked by terrorists near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
18 years after the largest terrorist attack on American soil, the country is still trying to cope with the consequences of the events at ground zero. This work is being carried out both in Congress and outside its walls.
The effects of the attacks can be seen both in passenger checks at airports and in Afghanistan. The US invasion of Afghanistan after the events of September 11 turned into the longest war involving America. When it was Wednesday in Afghanistan, a rocket exploded outside the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
At last year’s ceremony at the world trade center, Chundera Epps, who lost her brother on September 11, 2001, said, “People ask,’ Why do you come here, year after year? «Because soldiers are still dying for our freedom. Rescuers are still dying and suffering from diseases.”
“We can’t forget it. Life will not allow us to forget,” she added.
About 3,000 people who died when hijacked planes crashed into the world trade center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville will be remembered at ceremonies marking the anniversary of the attacks. The names of the victims will be read out at a ceremony at Ground Zero where bells and minutes of silence will mark the moments of the collision of aircraft with the twin towers of the WTC and their fall.
But in recent years, more attention has been focused on the fact that other people have been affected by the tragedy – firefighters, police officers and others who have died or become ill from contact with building debris or toxins that were released from the crash.
Research into the link between these diseases and the toxins released on September 11 is ongoing. However, a Fund set up to compensate people with health problems potentially caused by terrorist attacks has already allocated $ 5.5 billion for this purpose. Applications for compensation filed more than 51 thousand people.
After years of legislative gridlock, money cuts in the Fund, and activism by sick lifeguards and their lawyers, this summer Congress made sure the Fund didn’t run out. Republican Trump, who was in New York on the day of the attacks, signed the law in July.
The victims of diseases as a result of the attacks received new recognition when a special memorial site at Ground Zero was opened in their honor this spring.
September 11 is known not only as a day of remembrance and patriotism but also as a day of service. On the eve of the anniversary and beyond, people across the country will continue to participate in volunteer activities at food charities, schools, parks, and other places.