In a message about TwitterJohnson said that while the terrorist threat may not have gone away, people have refused to live in “permanent fear.”
“Today we remember the 2,977 people who took from us on September 11, 2001,” Johnson said in his message.
“But while the terrorists imposed their burden of pain and suffering, we can now say with the perspective of 20 years that they failed to break our faith in freedom and democracy,” he said.
“The fact that we come together today, in pain but also in faith and determination, shows the failure of terrorism,” he said.
A total of 2,977 people died in the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, including 67 Britons.
The attacks, which were planned by Al Qaeda from Afghanistan, saw four American airliners seized by suicide bombers, two of which flew towards the Twin Towers of the World trade center In New York.
Another plane crashed into the Pentagon, on the outskirts of the American capital, Washington DC, and a fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
Events are being held around the world to remember those who lost their lives. As part of the day’s events to mark the anniversary, a private remembrance service organized by the UK Family Support Group will be held on September 11 in Grosvenor Square in central London.
After sunset, 67 candles will be lit in the garden to remember each of the British victims.
Johnson’s speech to be performed at a commemorative event at the Olympic Park in east London on Saturday refers to recent events in Afghanistan, which had only strengthened people’s belief in freedom and democracy.
He said: “Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, he became president (Franklin) Roosevelt’s words after Pearl Harbor, a ‘date that will live in infamy’. But while the terrorists imposed their burden of pain and suffering, and while the threat persists today, we can now say with the perspective of 20 years that they failed to break our faith in freedom and democracy; they did not succeed in separating our nations, nor did they make us abandon our values or live in permanent fear. ”
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