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19 years since 9/11 attacks. U.S. Ambassador Zuckerman at commemoration ceremony : This is a day of mourning and remembrance as well as a day of inspiration. What happened nineteen years ago should never happen again

“Nineteen years ago, cowardly enemies deprived us of nearly 3,000 innocent family members, friends, and fellow citizens. The innocent victims were from every walk of life and every background. They had done absolutely nothing to harm those who attacked them,” the U.S. Ambassador in Romania, Adrian Zuckerman stated at a ceremony hosted by the premises of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest on Friday to commemorate 9/11 terror attacks.

 “They were targeted solely because they came from the nation that represented everything our enemies hate—a land that embraced freedom, human rights, decency, and individual dignity. For the mere fact of being of American they were killed in our towers, at our Pentagon, and in our fields. It was dastardly and low act. The perpetrators are beneath human scorn and contempt,” the Ambassador added.

He emphasized that for him, this day “will always be not only about a great loss, but a day of reflection about the courage and resolve of the American people, from the families of the deceased, to the firemen, policemen, emergency response personnel and our brave men and women in uniform”.

“ This is a day of mourning and remembrance as well as a day of inspiration. What happened nineteen years ago should never happen again”, the U.S. diplomat added.

Adrian Zuckerman also said that the horrible memories of that day “mark an indelible turning point” in his life.” I knew then that our world had changed forever. I knew that the war on terror would be as difficult as it was essential. And I knew that America could achieve anything when it acts with resolve and clarity of purpose. We have and will continue to defeat the enemies of freedom, and we will continue to hunt those who would bring violence to our shores. We have no choice if we want justice for those lives stolen from us and if we wish to leave a more peaceful world for our children and grandchildren”.

“The United States is a force for good, for freedom, for human decency and for democracy. The United States will protect those values against all who seek to take them away from us. We will never bow down to the forces of evil, terrorism, injustice, and oppression,” the U.S. diplomat also stressed in his remarks addressed during a commemoration event of the tragic attacks.

“I pray that those of you that lost loved ones or friends on this day nineteen years ago have found solace in the passage of time. As a nation and as a people we must always honor the memory of every person we lost on that horrible day,” Zuckerman also stated.

Romanian politicians send messages of solidarity with the United States

Senate’s Cazanciuc: That tragic moment has definitely changed the evolution of the world

Acting Chairman of the Romanian Senate Robert Cazanciuc sent a message on Friday, 19 years after the terror attacks in the USA, mentioning that that tragic moment has definitely changed the evolution of the world and thoughts must it goes to “those who, desiring to have a good life, fall victim to an invisible enemy.”

“Remember 9/11. We are very much concerned about the developments in the COVID-19 pandemic, the unknowns of the school year, the appearance or not of a vaccine, the re-opening the economy, being convinced that we are in the midst of greatest crisis of humanity after WWII. It may be so, but let us not forget that we experienced a similar feeling 19 years ago, on September 11, 2001. That tragic moment has certainly changed the evolution of the world. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in an office where the TV seemed frozen on a single picture. I was thinking about how it was possible in New York for an accident in which a plane crashed into a skyscraper. I saw live when a second plane hit the Twin Towers and I simply refused to think it was a chain accident. My mind couldn’t understand what was happening,” Cazanciuc wrote on Facebook.

He said that much is known today about what happened back then.

“Maybe it will not take another 19 years to find out why we have to live through the times of COVID 19. Among the victims at the World Trade Center in New York were our Romanian compatriots as well. Let’s find a respite today to think of those who, wanting to have a good life, fall victim to an invisible enemy,” added Cazanciuc.

Deputy PM Turcan: In difficult moments, we can go only together

On Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Raluca Turcan sent a message on the 19th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States of America on September 11, 2001.

“Today marks 19 years since September 11, 9/11 as the Americans say. I remember watching on TV the images of a plane crashing into the landmark skyscrapers of the United States, the Twin Towers on fire, the panic and chaos in New York. A moment when you think you’re watching a movie, that it is unreal, but you don’t understand why it is on the news. After the astonishment, I felt fear and sadness, thinking of all those people who were fleeing for their lives and for the desperate relatives who were looking for them from all over the world, and this despair and then words like ‘terrorism’ or ‘you are not allowed with liquids on the plane’ or ‘Osama bin Laden’ have reached citizens all over the world. But something else was reached – an unprecedented lesson of solidarity, the American people’s proof of patriotism, and a total rethinking of international relations. I am writing today, almost two decades later, in which we have seen a whole world change before our eyes, in another trying period worldwide. And I think again that in the most difficult moments we can go on only together,” Turcan wrote on Facebook.

Speaker Ciolacu: Romania will continue with the United States to fight against terror

Speaker of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), on Friday voiced solidarity with the American people on the day when the memory of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks is honoured.

“I want to express my solidarity with the American people on this day in which we honuor the memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The commemoration of the victims of this tragedy is a tribute from the civilised world to the values underpinning democratic societies: freedom, solidarity, humanity,” Ciolacu wrote on Facebook.

He added that Romania will continue with the United States “in the joint effort to protect these fundamental values and to fight against terror.”

Photo: Facebook/US Embassy Bucharest

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