Update: September 12, 2021 2:59 p.m. STI
Washington [US]Sep 12 (ANI): On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, several celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen, paid tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
According to Variety, veteran singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen gave an emotional live performance of “I’ll See You In My Dreams” at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
Prior to the performance, Springsteen gave a speech in remembrance of the nearly 3,000 people who died.
“God bless our deceased brothers and sisters, their families, friends and loved ones,” Springsteen said in Variety.
After the singer performed, there was a moment of silence at 9:03 a.m. to mark the moment United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.
When Springsteen and the E Street Band’s album “The Rising” was released in 2002, Springsteen spoke to Nightline to talk about how the 9/11 attacks inspired him.
“One of the most powerful images of 11 that I had read in the paper, some of the people coming down talking about the rescuers coming up,” Springsteen said.
“The idea of these guys going up the stairs, up the stairs, up. I mean you could go up a smoky stair, you could be in the afterlife, moving on,” he added.
Alongside Springsteen, other celebrities also paid tribute via social media.
Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey took to Twitter to talk about the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
“On this anniversary of 9/11, I remember the shock and anguish we all experienced with painfully deep sadness. Vivid images of the skyline I loved so much growing up, suddenly changed to always,” Carey said.
She later continued the message in a thread and added, “Still amazed at the number of innocent people who were lost in an instant, gone forever but never forgotten. Thinking of all the families who still mourn their close 20 years after this devastating and tragic moment in our history. #NeverForget.”
Actor Reese Witherspoon also posted on Twitter and wrote, “My prayers go out to all the families who lost loved ones on this day 20 years ago. We will never forget. Forever in our hearts.”
Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson tweeted, “It’s been 20 years and we’ll never forget. Join me in praying for the loved ones of everyone we’ve lost. #NeverForget.”
Actress Octavia Spencer shared an image on Instagram, while writing down her memory of the day.
“20 years ago I was excited because I was a guest on the sitcom Titus. I was at the start of the racing lines when my youngest sister called me and said, ‘Turn on your TV. , we are attacked’ just as the first plane hit the tower. I called all my friends from LA and we watched in horror. I will never forget and mourn the loss of so many lives. Where were you that morning,” she wrote in the caption.
Several other celebrities, including Patti Smith, Viola Davis, Phil Rosenthal and many more, marked the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. (ANI)