On a fateful day in September, the world witnessed a series of meticulously coordinated terrorist acts known as the 9/11 attacks. These devastating events were carried out by Al Qaeda and involved four separate suicide attacks.
Two of the attacks involved hijacked planes that were deliberately crashed into the iconic Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, while the other two flights were aimed at targets in or near Washington, DC.
The third team carried out a destructive assault on the Pentagon, the nerve center of the US.
Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia. The fourth plane suffered a different fate: it crashed in rural Pennsylvania after the brave passengers rebelled against the hijackers.
These tragic events marked a pivotal moment in history, forever altering the course of the United States and the world.
Nearly 3,000 lives were lost in the tragic attacks.
In response, then-President George W. Bush launched a “global war on terrorism,” which included a military campaign in Afghanistan to capture Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden managed to evade capture for several years until his eventual death in a US raid on his compound in Pakistan in 2011, ordered by then-President Barack Obama.
On Monday, President Joe Biden urged Americans to reject divisive politics and revive the spirit of national unity after the 9/11 attacks.
Speaking before U.S. military personnel at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, he emphasized the importance of national unity to honor the memory of those lost in the tragedy.
New Yorkers were deeply moved by a captivating sight on the 22nd anniversary of the 9/11 attacks: a stunning double rainbow gracefully spanning the city’s skyline.
Take a look at the images:
Big Apple resident Meg Wall captured this stunning display from the windows of her Upper East Side apartment shortly after an afternoon storm passed through.
Many X users expressed their amazement at the extraordinary rainbow.
Wow…no words. I saw this on Instagram, then looked on Twitter to make sure it was real, and it is. There was a double rainbow in New York today, 9/11/23. pic.twitter.com/WpdPS2UiaH
— SeñoraCaptainAmerica (@CaptAmericaWife) September 12, 2023
A huge double rainbow over New York City this evening of September 11th… If that’s not a sign from God, I don’t know what is. pic.twitter.com/RTuXNDcZt2
– D-Bark (@DBark012) September 12, 2023
AMAZING: There is a double rainbow stretching across the New York skyline right now on the 22nd anniversary of 9/11. God is so good. pic.twitter.com/Fw17lGa0Uf
—Evan Kilgore 🇺🇸 (@EvanAKilgore) September 11, 2023
double rainbow in new york city on the 22nd anniversary of 9/11 pic.twitter.com/Ja089zsHwQ
— payton ❁ (@misspaytonkali) September 12, 2023
Apparently today, September 11, there was a double rainbow over New York City. pic.twitter.com/379blPJQMI
-Skylar (@skyburton28) September 12, 2023
Double rainbow over New York on the 22nd anniversary of 9/11. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in my life. pic.twitter.com/8rF4YCwtyz
– Vicky DeVille (@vickydeville) September 11, 2023
One user in the comments section of the video wrote: “The rainbow over New York on 9/11 is incredible. The rainbow that Noah saw after the flood was God’s promise to never create such destruction again. We hope this is a promise too.”
Another shared, “I saw the image above of the New York skyline; the stunning rainbow against the background of storm clouds made me stop and think.”
A user transmitted, “God wanted New York to know that he has not abandoned us,” while another commented, “A powerful symbol of hope, remembrance and resilience! “It’s beautiful to see.” one user exclaimed.
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