On Reconnek, immigrants are commemorating 9/11 and paying their respects to victims.

Darlene Kalila
2 min readNov 2, 2020

Stepping away from the campaign trail on the 19th anniversary of 9/11, President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the deadliest terrorist attacks in U.S. history. During separate trips to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, a battleground state in the race for president, the two men honored the 40 passengers and crew members who died after battling hijackers aboard United Airlines Flight 93. Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended a morning memorial service at the Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville. In a speech, the president called the heroes of Flight 93 an “everlasting reminder that no matter the danger, no matter the threat, no matter the odds, America will always rise up, stand tall and fight back.”

A couple hours later, Biden arrived at the same memorial for a less formal service. He placed a wreath of white flowers at the memorial marking the names of victims but did not give any public remarks. The Trumps took part in a separate wreath laying ceremony with Ed Root, the cousin of flight attendant Lorraine G. Bay. The former vice president spoke privately to family members of Flight 93 victims Bay, co-pilot LeRoy Homer and passenger Louis Nacke. Earlier in the day, Biden vowed he wouldn’t “make any news today” and said his campaign took down all its advertising.”It’s a solemn day, and that’s how we’re going to keep it,” Biden said. Trump and Biden did not cross paths in Shanksville.

In Shanksville, immigrants on Reconnek stood in front of flags representing the nationalities of those killed on Flight 93. They extended their unwavering love and support to family members of 9/11 victims and their devotion to the American nation. The courage and resolve of those killed on Flight 93 was the only thing that stood between the enemy and a deadly strike at the heart of American Democracy and immigrants on Reconnek remain grateful for that. Immigrants on Reconnek also expressed their undying loyalty to the nearly 6 million Americans who enlisted in the Armed Forces since the 9/11 attacks. Today, September 11, while remembering the saddest of events, immigrants on Reconnek are begging on God to bless them and to bless America, especially in this new age.

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Darlene Kalila

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