Michelle Obama solemnly looked back on her own personal experience of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a mother.
In an instagram post made on Saturday, September 11, she shared a message to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the events that occured at the New York World trade center.
The attorney, author, and former United States First lady spoke about her memories of that day and stated that at the time of the announcement, she was with her two daughters Malia who had just been dropped at pre-school and Sasha who was still a baby at the time.
In commemorating the anniversary of the terrible events of that day, Michelle was with husband and former president, Barack Obama, former president Bill Clinton and President Joe Biden.
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They were at the site of the attacks where a procession with a flag marched through the memorial site to pay respects to the lives lost and changed by that day.
Michelle Obama’s Instagram Message
In the touching message Michelle shared via her Instagram, she recalled her memories of that terrible morning.
At that time, the Obama family lived in Chicago with their young daughters, Malia and Sasha. The Instagram message went;
“It was Malia’s first day of nursery school. I remember taking her photo, dropping her off for the very first time, and feeling those separation pangs.
…I’d just buckled newborn Sasha into her car seat and was driving back home when I heard the news on the radio- and the uncertainty and anxiety set in almost immediately. What was happening? Had the world just changed? What kind of future were our girls going to enter?”
She went on to say, “It’s a snapshot- a time capsule- back to a different moment for all of us. For those who lost loved ones, it’s especially painful to relive.
…My heart goes out to all those for whom this wasn’t just a national tragedy, but a personal one. So today, I hope you’ll take an extra moment to mourn, to reflect, and most of all, to remember
…It’s up to all of us to make sure that we’re honoring all those memories that come rushing back by living lives that reflect not just the trauma of that day, but the best that was on display, too: our kindness and compassion, our courage and resilience.”
Recalling The Events Of 9/11
The terrorist attacks on September 9, 2001, popularly known as 9/11 was a series of plane highjackings and suicide attacks by 19 terrorists from the Islamic extremist group, Al-Qaeda.
It targeted New York City and Washington D.C and has been slated as the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in the history of the U.S.
The hijacked plans were redirected to specific targets in the two cities where one hit the World trade center in New York and killed 2,750 people. Another hit the Pentagon and killed 184 people, then another crashed in Pennsylvania and killed 40 people after passengers of the plane tried to take back control.
Many emergency services such as the police, hospitals and fire services were massively hit as the efforts to control the scene of the attack led to the deaths of over 400 officers and firefighters.
The attacks caused extensive destruction and damage, forever altered the lives of millions of people and triggered a massive U.S effort to combat and defeat terrorism.
Barack Obama’s Special Tribute
Michelle’s husband and former U.S president, Barack Obama, also made a special tribute for the anniversary on his own Instagram.
Part of his message alluded to the thoughts and experiences of him and his wife, and it read;
“For Michelle and me, the enduring image of that day is not simply falling towers or smoldering wreckage. It’s the firefighters who ran up the stairs as others ran down. The passengers who decided to storm a cockpit, knowing it could be their final act. The volunteers who showed up at recruiters’ offices across the country in the days that followed, willing to put their lives on the line.”
In his message, he also said, “9/11 has always reminded us how so many Americans give of themselves in extraordinary ways– not just in moments of great crisis, but every single day. Let’s never forget that, and let’s never take them for granted.”
Other Political Figures & Their Tributes
Over the course of the 20th anniversary of the attack, several celebrities and political figures have shared messages, tributes and spoken about their
experiences and memories of the events of that day.
Here are a few messages shared by popular political figures;
Queen Elizabeth of Britain– “…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
…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.”
Donald Trump- 45th U.S President- “Congratulations to Rudy Giuliani (for the 20th time!), the greatest Mayor in the history of New York City, for having shown such leadership and doing such an incredible job during and after the attack on our Nation”