South Florida leaders, firefighters and police officers from Miami Beach to Fort Lauderdale memorialized the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
People at Monday’s ceremonies — also held in Hialeah, Sweetwater and Miramar — vowed to “never forget” the series of coordinated hijackings and suicide attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people from 93 nations:
▪ 2,753 people were killed at New York’s World Trade Center, including nearly 350 firefighters and paramedics, and almost two dozen New York police officers.
▪ 184 people were killed at the Pentagon in Virginia.
▪ 40 people were killed on Flight 93, which crashed into an open field in Pennsylvania.
These onslaughts — carried out by al-Qaeda terrorists from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Egypt — led to the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 in an effort to topple the Taliban, the faction that ruled the country and provided sanctuary for al-Qaeda.
Check out the photos of the somber 9/11 gatherings across South Florida:
— Miami Fire PIO (@MFR_PIO) September 11, 2023
— Madeline Pumariega (@mdcpresident) September 11, 2023
As we remember and honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001, our university community comes together to participate in "Ruck to Remember," an annual event initiated by a #umiami student to pay tribute to all those affected by the events of that fateful day. pic.twitter.com/rXDFzIhEeu
— University of Miami (@univmiami) September 11, 2023
Fort Lauderdale area
This morning, #FLPD joined our #FLFR family at the Fort Lauderdale Fire & Safety Museum for a remembrance ceremony to mark 22 years since the September 11th attacks. Each year, we gather to honor those who lost their lives that day. Together, we will #NeverForget! pic.twitter.com/Si6vjUaMXR
— Fort Lauderdale Police (@ftlauderdalepd) September 11, 2023
This morning, we joined the Fort Lauderdale Fire Museum to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001.
— City of Fort Lauderdale (@FTLCityNews) September 11, 2023
This morning, I joined @FLLFlyer at their Patriot Day Ceremony as we took a moment of silence to remember the lives lost on this horrific day in American history. #WeWillNeverForget #911Anniversary pic.twitter.com/E6xyfcch9Z
— Mayor Lamar Fisher (@LamarPFisher) September 11, 2023