The terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks within the us did not shake the assumption in freedom and democracy, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday, because the world marked the 20th anniversary of the fear strikes.
In a message on Twitter, Johnson said that while the fear threat might not have gone away, people have refused to measure in “permanent fear”.
“Today we remember the two ,977 people taken from us on 9/11 th 2001,” said Johnson in his message.
“But while the terrorists imposed their burden of grief and suffering, we will now say with the attitude of 20 years that they did not shake our belief in freedom and democracy,” he said.
“That we are coming together today – in sorrow but also in faith and resolve – demonstrates the failure of terrorism,” he said.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth also offered her sympathies to the victims, survivors and families suffering from the attacks 20 years ago.
In a message to US President Joe Biden, the 95-year-old monarch said: “My thoughts and prayers – and people of my family and therefore the entire nation – remain with the victims, survivors and families affected, also because the first responders and rescue workers called to duty.
“My visit to the location of the planet Trade Center in 2010 is held fast in my memory. It jogs my memory that as we honour those from many nations, faiths and backgrounds who lost their lives, we also pay tribute to the resilience and determination of the communities who joined together to rebuild,” she said.
A total of two ,977 people died within the terror attacks in ny and Washington, including 67 Britons.
The attacks, which were planned by Al Qaeda from Afghanistan, saw four US passenger jets seized by suicide attackers – two of which were flown into the dual Towers of the planet Trade Center in ny .
Another plane crashed into the Pentagon, just outside the US capital, Washington DC, and a fourth plane crashed during a field in Pennsylvania.
Events are being held round the world to recollect those that lost their lives. As a part of the day’s events to mark the anniversary, a personal service of remembrance organised by the 9/11 UK Families Support Group are going to be held at Grosvenor Square in central London. ‘ After sunset, 67 candles are going to be lit within the garden to recollect each of British victims.
Johnson’s address to be played at a memorial event at the Olympic Park in east London on Saturday refers to recent events in Afghanistan, which had only strengthened people’s belief in freedom and democracy.
Johnson said: “Twenty years ago, September 11, 2001 became, in President (Franklin) Roosevelt’s words after Pearl Harbor , a ‘date which can sleep in infamy’.
“But while the terrorists imposed their burden of grief and suffering, and while the threat persists today, we will now say with the attitude of 20 years that they did not shake our belief in freedom and democracy; they did not drive our nations apart, or cause us to abandon our values, or to measure in permanent fear.”