Nottingham remembers September 11 attacks 20 years on

By Jack Thurlow

September 11, 2001, was a day in which the world stood still.

20 years on billions of people will today share in a day of mourning and remembrance for the almost 3,000 people who lost their lives and the countless families impacted by the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Centre.

The events of that fateful day will also be remembered in Nottingham.

Among those paying tribute was Councillor David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, who said: "We cannot and must not forget the thousands of innocent people who died and the bravery of those who risked their lives for others on that terrible day 20 years ago.

"The values of freedom and fairness that the terrorists sought to destroy remain as important today as they were 20 years ago, and this September 11th we must hope that compassion, tolerance and understanding will endure for a more peaceful future."

Nottinghamshire Live also asked readers of their memories of September 11, 2001, on our Facebook page.

Among the respondents was independent Broxtowe Borough Councillor Richard Macrae, who said: "Planning a trip to New York for my birthday, then saw the news. 4 weeks later I was in New York and sadly buildings were still burning."

Syd Shaw added: "Getting ready for holiday. We were due to fly to Orlando on September 13th. Eventually flew on 27th September - and had one of our best times in America - America was so welcoming to anyone that chose to visit the country after the tragedy of 9/11."

Another reader, Bernadette Clarke, shared her frightening experience that day: "Was serving a man and woman in a cafe I worked in when they both looked really worried, it turned out that their daughter was due to be landing in New York that morning. My colleague and I sat them down in a quiet spot and gave them both a coffee.

"They came back a few weeks later with some flowers to say thank you for looking after them and and to let us know that their daughter wasn’t on that plane and she was safe."

Yvonne Wilkinson commented: "Was in a bar in Newquay with family when it came on the screen. At first we thought it was advertising a disaster movie. Little did we realise we were entering a nightmare. Thinking of my family in the US."

And reader Mike Busby shared his candid thoughts: "I don't think it's important what we were doing. My thoughts are about what the poor victims were doing and I for one will never forget the images of the 200 or so people that became known as "jumpers". Truly heart-breaking."

US president Joe Biden was set to pay his respects at Ground Zero at 8.46am US Eastern Time (1.46pm GMT), the exact moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center.


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