Alec Baldwin, Katie Couric and Kendall Jenner lead stars in paying tribute to 9/11 victims on 22nd anniversary of terror attacks: ‘We will NEVER forget’
As he reflected on the 22nd anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil, the 65-year-old actor
‘I wanted to take a moment to mention that I watched the 60 Minutes piece about 9/11 that was on tonight, Sunday night,’ he began. ‘It was really really tough. It was a painful revisitation of the whole situation. As I’ve mentioned, in some posts, previously, on the day of 9/11, I was on Long Island, rehearsing to do a play.’
He went on to reflect going into New York City, a week later, and visiting Ground Zero with his brother, Billy, and working with the Red Cross.
Baldwin explained that watching the 60 Minutes program reminded him of the extraordinary ‘heroism’ of law enforcement and firefighters, who risked and lost their lives to save others.
’22 years later, hard to believe it’s been 22 years. I remember that, like it was yesterday,’ he marveled. ‘I just want to say, God bless everyone. God bless everyone, who died… and their families. God bless the firefighters.’
Katie Couric, who reported the terror attacks as they unfolded to millions of Today Show viewers, at the time, shared footage of the on-air moment that she learned about the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center.
‘We had no idea what was going on — and assumed it had just been an accident,’ the journalist, 66, recalled on Instagram.
While on air, she spoke to a woman, named Jennifer Oberstein, who told the anchor what she saw that horrifying morning.
Kendall Jenner reposted the voicemail from United Flight 175 passenger, Brian Sweeney, left for his wife, Julie Sweeney Roth, ahead of his death.
Her older sister, Kourtney Kardashian, shared the same post as well as an image of the Washington Square Arch in 1997, when the Twin Towers still stood, and, today, without them.
Khloe Kardashian took to her Instagram to write: ‘We will never forget you. To the 2997 people we lost that day, to their families, to the heroes, the first responders, the firefighters of NYC, and to everyone impacted by this day 22 years ago… we will ALWAYS remember you. Our hearts are with you today.’
His final words to his wife were: Jules, this is Brian. Listen, I’m on an airplane that’s been hijacked. If things don’t go well, and it’s not looking good, I just want you to know I absolutely love you. I want you to do good, go have good times. Same to my parents and everybody, and I just totally love you, and I’ll see you when you get there.’
Country singer, Jessie James Decker, shared a photo of a group of firefighters raising the American flag amid the rubble of the World Trade Center.
‘We will NEVER forget,’ she captioned the image. ‘For those we have lost, and the hero’s who saved lives on this day of tragedy.’
She continued: ‘We all may see things differently, we may not always agree but I know on this day without a shadow of doubt, we all came together as one, we were unified, the courage, outpouring of humanity and fierce solidarity reminded us what we stand for ❤️’
Patricia Heaton, best known for starring as Debra Barone in the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, shared a video of herself on X, formerly known as Twitter.
‘Today should be a reminder to practice kindness towards each other,’ she told her 507,400 followers.
The actress, 65, reflected on how ‘no matter how many years go by, the devastation doesn’t get any less impactful.’
‘When I think about how it took that terrorist act to bring our country together, and reflect that today our country is so divided, so at each other’s throats, it’s shameful.’
‘There’s been no other country in history that’s been blessed the way the United States has. And, we should all be so thankful, and we should be practicing kindness toward each other. It’s gotten so ugly.’
Former First Lady of California Maria Shriver, who served as a correspondent for Dateline from 1989 until 2004, shared footage from her broadcast during the aftermath of 9/11.
‘On this day, I always like to look back on this interview with Deena Burnett (now Bailey) and her family for @datelinenbc about the heroic actions of her husband, Tom Burnett, one of the men that tried to stop the terrorists on United 93. I again spoke with Deena in 2016 for @thesundaypaper, where she reminded me, “It’s great to remember, but better to honor. Honor comes from living a life worthy of the sacrifice.” Let’s carry this advice with us today and everyday as we honor those we lost,’ the mother-of-four captioned a video of her news coverage, at the time, following the aftermath of 9/11.
Shriver added: ‘Today marks one of the most somber, painful days in our nation’s history. It’s especially painful for all those families who lost someone they loved. They’ve had to live without. May we think of them today. May we all hold space for them. Be gentle with everyone today, as we don’t know how this day triggers our neighbors.’
The journalist concluded: ‘And may we continue to be thankful to all the first responders, who rushed in to save their fellow citizens. They didn’t care who they were. They simply cared. They put their lives on the line. Thank you to them, and their families.’
On Monday, Americans across the country gathered at memorials, firehouses, city halls, campuses and elsewhere to observe the 22nd anniversary of the deadliest terror attack in the United States.
‘For those of us who lost people on that day, that day is still happening. Everybody else moves on. And you find a way to go forward, but that day is always happening for you,’ Edward Edelman said as he arrived at ground zero to honor his slain brother-in-law, Daniel McGinley.
President Joe Biden was due at a ceremony on a military base in Anchorage, Alaska. His visit, en route to Washington from a trip to India and Vietnam, is a reminder that the impact of 9/11 was felt in every corner of the nation, however remote. Nearly 3,000 people were killed when hijacked planes crashed into New York´s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, in an attack that reshaped American foreign policy and domestic fears.
On that day, ‘we were one country, one nation, one people, just like it should be. That was the feeling – that everyone came together and did what we could, where we were at, to try to help,’ said Eddie Ferguson, the fire-rescue chief in Virginia´s Goochland County.
It’s more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) from the Pentagon and more than three times as far from New York. But a sense of connection is enshrined in a local memorial incorporating steel from the World Trade Center´s destroyed twin towers.
The predominantly rural county of 25,000 people holds not just one but two anniversary commemorations: a morning service focused on first responders and an evening ceremony honoring all the victims.
Other communities across the country pay tribute with moments of silence, tolling bells, candlelight vigils and other activities. In Iowa, a 21-mile (34-kilometer) march was to begin at 9:11 a.m. Monday from the Des Moines suburb of Waukee to the state Capitol. In Columbus, Indiana, 911 dispatchers broadcast a remembrance message to police, fire and EMS radios throughout the 50,000-person city, which also holds a public memorial ceremony.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts raise and lower the flag at a commemoration in Fenton, Missouri, where a ‘Heroes Memorial’ includes a piece of World Trade Center steel and a plaque honoring 9/11 victim Jessica Leigh Sachs. Some of her relatives live in the St. Louis suburb of 4,000 residents.
‘We´re just a little bitty community,’ said Mayor Joe Maurath, but ‘it´s important for us to continue to remember these events. Not just 9/11, but all of the events that make us free.’
New Jersey’s Monmouth County, which was home to some 9/11 victims, made Sept. 11 a holiday this year for county employees so they could attend commemorations.
As another way of marking the anniversary, many Americans do volunteer work on what Congress has designated both Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
At ground zero, Vice President Kamala Harris joined other dignitaries at the ceremony on the National Sept. 11 Memorial plaza. The event doesn’t feature remarks from political figures, instead giving the podium to victims´ relatives for an hourslong reading of the names of the dead.
Reading the names of those lost ‘is the biggest honor of my life,’ said Gabrielle Gabrielli, who lost her uncle and godfather, Richard Gabrielle.
‘We have to keep the memory of everybody who died alive. This is their legacy,’ she said. ‘This is the final resting place. It´s sacred.’
About 1,100 victims have yet to have any remains identified.
Biden, a Democrat, will be the first president to commemorate Sept. 11 in Alaska, or anywhere in the western U.S. He and his predecessors have gone to one or another of the attack sites in most years, though Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama each marked the anniversary on the White House lawn at times. Obama followed one of those observances by recognizing the military with a visit to Fort Meade in Maryland.
First lady Jill Biden is due to lay a wreath at the 9/11 memorial at the Pentagon, where workers unfurled a giant American flag over the side of the building Monday morning.
Harris´ husband, Doug Emhoff, is expected at a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where one of the hijacked jets crashed after passengers tried to storm the cockpit.
The memorial site, run by the National Park Service, will offer a new educational video, virtual tour and other materials for teachers to use in classrooms. Educators with a total of more than 10,000 students have registered for access to the free ‘National Day of Learning’ program, which will be available through the fall, organizers say.
‘We need to get the word out to the next generation,’ said memorial spokesperson Katherine Hostetler, a National Park Service ranger.