Following the official departure of the U.S. military from Afghanistan, some of the American soldiers have made their return stateside and are reunited with their loved ones.
Fox News shared some moving photos of the U.S. soldiers reuniting with their families. “HERO’S WELCOME: American soldiers arrive back on US soil after deploying to Afghanistan.”
According to CBS, Major General Chris Donahue, who was the commander of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps., was the last U.S. soldier to depart from Afghanistan. He was seen boarding a C-17 cargo plane at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on August 30th.
The evacuation operation of the U.S. soldiers began on August 14th. More than 122,000 individuals, including 6,000 U.S. citizens, were evacuated. Unfortunately, 13 U.S. soldiers and personnel as well as 169 Afghan civilians died during the Hamid Karzai International Airport attack in late August.
Soldiers First Went to Afghanistan After September 11th Attacks
Weeks after the devastating September 11th attacks, the U.S. military began sending soldiers into Afghanistan. President George W. Bush originally demanded that the military organization the Taliban hand over Osama bin Laden, who orchestrated the September 11th attacks. The organization refused to extradite the well-known terrorist. This led to Operation Enduring Freedom.
Although Operation Enduring Freedom ended in 2014, U.S. soldiers remained in Afghanistan. They stayed to establish a new government and train Afghanistan’s military. The War in Afghanistan lasted a total of 19 years and 8 months. The War in Afghanistan is now the longest war in U.S. history and even surpassed the Vietnam War by five months.
Memorial Events To Take Place on 20th Anniversary of September 11th
This weekend, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum will be hosting the 20th-anniversary event of the terrorist attacks. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the first moment of silence will begin at 8:46 a.m., which is the same time as the first airplane hitting the World Trade Center’s North Tower.
The Memorial and Museum also revealed that the focus of its commemoration will be the reading of the names by family members in person. Throughout the ceremony, the Museum will be observing a total of six moments of silence. Each of the moments of silences is for the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon as well as Flight 93’s crash.
The event also includes the names of the victims in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. At sundown, the annual “Tribute in Light” will take place. The ceremony will only be for the families of 9/11 victims due to health concerns.