The Queen has paid tribute to the “resilience and willpower” of 9/11 survivors, as Boris Johnson stated the terrorists had “didn’t shake our perception in freedom and democracy”.
In a tribute at Windsor Fortress, the American anthem and different songs have been performed by the Band of the Welsh Guards in entrance of the appearing US ambassador.
The prime minister recorded a message that performed at a memorial occasion at London’s Olympic Park, the place a memorial solid from the metal of Floor Zero is on show.
He stated that September 11, 2001 had turn into “in President Roosevelt’s phrases after Pearl Harbour, a ‘date which is able to dwell in infamy’.”
Sixty-seven Britons have been among the many practically 3,000 individuals who died.
Mr Johnson, who was born in New York, stated the terrorists had “tried to destroy the religion of free peoples in every single place within the open societies which terrorists despise and which we cherish”.
Nevertheless, he stated that they had “didn’t drive our nations aside, or trigger us to desert our values, or to dwell in everlasting worry”.
“The truth that we’re coming collectively right now – in sorrow but additionally in religion and resolve – demonstrates the failure of terrorism and the energy of the bonds between us,” he stated.
Mr Johnson additionally talked about the latest withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan – 20 years after they have been despatched there to stop the nation once more getting used as a base to organise terror assaults.
“Current occasions in Afghanistan solely strengthen our willpower to recollect those that have been taken from us, cherish the survivors and those that nonetheless grieve and maintain quick to our perception in liberty and democracy, which is able to all the time prevail over each foe,” Mr Johnson concluded.
The Queen additionally despatched a message to President Joe Biden.
She stated: “As we mark the twentieth anniversary of the horrible assaults on September 11 2001, my ideas and prayers – and people of my household and the complete nation – stay with the victims, survivors and households affected, in addition to the primary responders and rescue employees known as to obligation.
“My go to to the positioning of the World Commerce Centre in 2010 is held quick in my reminiscence.
“It jogs my memory that as we honour these from many countries, faiths and backgrounds who misplaced their lives, we additionally pay tribute to the resilience and willpower of the communities who joined collectively to rebuild.”
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby stated it was “nonetheless exhausting to articulate the loss that horrible day introduced”.
Writing on Twitter, he stated: “Immediately we pray for all these affected by terror and violence. Could God information us collectively in direction of the peace supplied by the crucified and resurrected Christ.”
Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer additionally paid tribute and stated how the “penalties of the 9/11 assaults are nonetheless being felt to today – the tragedy remains to be so uncooked”.
He stated: “We present assist to our American buddies as they mark this troublesome time of their historical past.
“And we keep in mind these in all corners of the world who’ve misplaced their lives to terror. They’ll all the time be in our hearts …and our reminiscences.”