It’s been 16 years since terrorists commandeered four commercial airliners and took down the World Trade Center twin towers in Manhattan, damaged the Pentagon and crashed into a Pennsylvania field, killing thousands in the process. Everyone who was alive on Sept. 11, 2001 will always remember that day and those which followed as America and the world worked through shock and grief.
WWE has always represented a connection to those tragic events. The company touts its SmackDown show in Houston on the 13th as the first large-scale public gathering after the attacks, and a key piece of the nation’s emotional and psychological recovery. Expect mentions of this on Raw this evening, along with the usual well-produced video packages.
In addition, wrestlers and company executives have joined countless others in sharing remembrances and reflections on social media today.
Here’s a sampling:
#NeverForget pic.twitter.com/Lns62EAhmM— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) September 11, 2017
On a day where time stood still, America stood together.— John Cena (@JohnCena) September 11, 2017
Bruised, but not broken.
Down, but not defeated.
And we will #NeverForget.
With each passing year, it is our responsibility to honor those lost and those who continue to fight to protect us. We will #NeverForget.— Triple H (@TripleH) September 11, 2017
New York City was attacked on 9/11/01...but in the following weeks, months, and years it came back stronger.— Shane McMahon (@shanemcmahon) September 11, 2017
#NeverForget the ones we lost on 9/11.#NeverForget our armed service men & women.#NeverForget the freedom we enjoy.— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) September 11, 2017
Remember. Honor. Them.
I am so incredibly proud to be US Champ b/c I get to represent US...so today & ALWAYS, we must honor those lost on 9/11. God Bless the USA.— AJStyles.Org (@AJStylesOrg) September 11, 2017
Today and every day, we honor and remember the victims of the #September11th tragedy and the heroic first responders. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/5CqCSf5JHH— WWE (@WWE) September 11, 2017
Never forget this dark day.— Samoa Joe (@SamoaJoe) September 11, 2017
Never forget those we lost.
Never forget those who rose to meet its challenge when help was needed most.
#Remember911 #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/C4W4dtnbaY— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) September 11, 2017
Never forget the heroes that sacrificed their lives. Never forget this event brought Americans together and made us stronger.#NeverForget pic.twitter.com/RydWCY10sj— Nia Jax (@NiaJaxWWE) September 11, 2017
No act of terror will ever change who we are. #RemberTheFallen #Remembering911— Dustin Rhodes (@Goldust) September 11, 2017