Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other British leaders have marked the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks by praising the international resolve that has grown from the al-Qaeda-led tragedy.
The queen remembered her visit to the site of the attack.
In a message to U.S. President Joe Biden, she said: “As we mark the 20th anniversary of the terrible attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, my thoughts and prayers, and those of my family and the entire nation, remain with the victims, survivors and families affected, as well as the first responders and rescue workers called to duty.
“My visit to the site of the World Trade Centre in 2010 is held fast in my memory.
“It reminds me that as we honour those from many nations, faiths, and backgrounds who lost their lives, we also pay tribute to the resilience and determination of the communities who joined together to rebuild.”
Boris Johnson on his part said the threat of terrorism remained but people refused to live their lives in “permanent fear.”
“The fact that we are coming together today – in sorrow but also in faith and resolve – demonstrates the failure of terrorism and the strength of the bonds between us,” Johnson said.
Johnson added that the recent events in Afghanistan had only strengthened people’s belief in freedom and democracy.
The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, said the consequences of the attacks were “still being felt to this day,” adding that the tragedy was “still so raw.”
He said: “But as we mark this anniversary I’m convinced our resolve has never been stronger.
“We will continue to fight terror and violence, by promoting our values of justice and peace.”