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September 14, 2019

'Praying That Our Country Can Come Together Again': Celebrities' Messages on 9/11 Anniversary

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It’s been 18 years since the tragic day when almost 3,000 people died in what became the deadliest terrorist attack in history. Even now, 18 years later, celebrities paid tribute to the victims and their families on social media.

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Reba McEntire

The country singer and actress Reba McEntire was one of them. Her post portrayed the Statue of Liberty and several photos in the place where the Twin Towers were supposed to be.

For the caption, Reba listed the number of people who died during the attack, differentiating them in groups:

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The 246 who were in the planes, the 2,606 in the buildings, and the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and eight paramedics who rescued the victims.

“In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted,” she finished, adding the hashtag Never Forget.

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Katie Couric

Journalist and author Katie Couric, who worked on the “Today” show from 1991 to 2006, posted a clip showing her and Matt Lauer on the set of the previously mentioned show reporting the event.

In the caption, she wrote that she posted the video at 8:46, the “exact time that the first tower was hit.” Her video proves how confused everybody was when the attack started as not even the “Today” show was sure about what was happening.

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Andy Cohen

Host and TV personality Andy Cohen, best known for his Bravo’s show “Watch What Happens Live,” posted a photo showing New York City before the 9/11 events took place.

His post showed the Liberty Island and, in the background, the city with the imposing twin towers being the highlight of it.

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For the caption, Andy pointed out that he remembers “with a heavy heart” the people who died on that tragic day.

“Praying that our country can come together again somehow. God Bless America,” he finished.

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Donnie Wahlberg

“Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg also took to Instagram to share a video comparing how the city used to look before the terrorist attack and how it looks now. In the caption, he wrote:

“From two — came one. If we remember anything on this day, beyond remembering to honor the souls and the sacrifices of so many others, let us remember that in the most difficult of times — we came together as one.”

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Kate Hudson

“Almost Famous” star Kate Hudson’s post was especially touching – not because of the short clip, which showed showing the city from above – but the caption. In it, she admitted she was living in New York when the attack happened. 

Kate added that she was surprised to see how everybody was supporting each other during such a difficult time, labeling it as a “powerful feeling.”

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“Everyone came together, proactively trying to help in anyway one could and when there was nothing else to do there was always the collective healing that took place even in the words or smile of a stranger,” she added.

Finally, Kate pointed out that she was thinking of all the families who lost their loved ones.

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The rest of tributes in New York

Not only people and celebrities honored the victims of the attack on social media. The St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church Wall Street, located across the street from the World Trade Center, rang a Bell of Hope at 8:46 am.

Port Authority also held its annual remembrance ceremony honoring its employees who passed away in the attack. Finally, the names of the nearly 3,000 victims were solemnly read at the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum, too.

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