"Today we remember. We remember the victims, their families, and the heroes," Schwarzenegger tweeted. "We remember the way the country came together and stood as one."
18 years later and Hollywood will #NeverForget the events of September 11, 2001.
On Wednesday, the hashtag quickly became the top trend on both Twitter and Instagram, where celebrities and notable figures including Halle Berry, Barack Obama and Arnold Schwarzenegger were among the many paying tribute to the nearly 3,000 people who died during the terrorist attack. Others also gave praise to the first responders on that day.
Berry posted a photo of the Empire State Building and wrote an emotional tribute to New York City. "New York -- you are ever-changing, all-embracing and un-breakable," she captioned the pic. "Today on 9/11, we honor the thousands who perished, the heroes who risked their lives and the city that remains resilient to this day. #NeverForget"
Schwarzenegger took to Twitter to recall his experience visiting the first responders in New York a month after the attacks. The "Terminator: Dark Fate" star posted a heartfelt thread that received much love and support from fans.
"Today we remember. We remember the victims, their families, and the heroes," the actor began. "We remember the way the country came together and stood as one. I will always remember visiting the first responders in New York less than a month later."
Schwarzenegger expressed that while he was there to lift spirits, it was the first responders who ended up inspiring him.
"They were exhausted and they were in mourning, but they just kept going because they were serving a cause bigger than themselves," he tweeted. "At Ground Zero, I saw them working through tears and hugged more heroes than I could count. At the three firehouses I visited, they just wanted me to work out and eat with them."
The actor also pointed out how amazing his meals were with the firefighters and how he left so full he was "about to pop."
"Let me tell you: firefighters can cook," Schwarzenegger tweeted. "I ate one meal after another because I didn't want to be rude, and when you have a chance to eat with your heroes, you never say no. I left that day with a stomach so full I was about to pop. But I also left with a full heart, because I saw the best of America."
He concluded, "We must continue to honor the victims, we must hold up and thank the police, paramedics and firefighters for their heroism, and we must never forget. Never."
Former President Obama -- who shared a link to a news story about volunteers doing a day of service on Ellis Island -- also participated in the day of national remembrance.
"As we remember those we lost on 9/11, we also remember the spirit of unity and togetherness that defined the weeks and months after," he tweeted. "On this day of service, I'm reflecting on all those still working to embrace that spirit, today and every day."
Read on to see how Hollywood paid tribute below.
Today we remember. We remember the victims, their families, and the heroes. We remember the way the country came together and stood as one.— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) September 11, 2019
As we remember those we lost on 9/11, we also remember the spirit of unity and togetherness that defined the weeks and months after. On this day of service, I’m reflecting on all those still working to embrace that spirit, today and every day. https://t.co/y8x9PVcwDl— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2019
I’m born & raised in NYC, it will always be home to me. So I’m thinking about 🗽 a little extra on @911day. While we pray for those who lost their lives, let’s turn this tragedy into a day of doing good, rekindle the spirit of unity, & lift up our nation #NeverForget 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/j351F48jNK— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) September 11, 2019
Like so many Americans on 9/11, I sat in fear of what was happening.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 11, 2019
Like so many Americans on 9/11, I sat in shock of the bravery of 1st responders.
Like so many Americans on 9/11, I sat in awe of the hope invoked by our grieving country standing proud together.#NeverForget
18 yrs ago today On 9/11/01— Brandi Glanville (@BrandiGlanville) September 11, 2019
My ex husband & I lived in NYC on Horatio & Washington
We watched from our roof top the twin towers burn #911neverforget
First responders, everyone lost are in my prayers always
Remembering those who lost and those who risked their lives 18 years ago today. Their memory will be forever in our hearts. 🙏🏽❤️ #NeverForget— Nicole Scherzinger (@NicoleScherzy) September 11, 2019
9/11 #neverforget the lives lost, the innocence lost, the service members still away from their families and friends. My heart breaks over and over thinking on any of it. Love to all.— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) September 11, 2019
I will #neverforget 9/11. The heartbreak and devastation still overwhelm my mind. I promise to continue to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives and for the people who worked hard to save others. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/rBQBtZ39po— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) September 11, 2019
Thank you for sharing your powerful story. That day irreversibly changed all of our lives and will be indelibly etched into all of our memories. I'm so moved that you were able to find solace in my music. It means more than you know. #neverforget https://t.co/TX49AUuMoL— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) September 11, 2019
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Right beside me, day in and day out on the film DADS was an extraordinary producer named Meredith Kaulfers. Meredith and I have quite a few similarities: we are fiery in spirit and hair color and laugh big and loud :) Meredith is hilarious, not at all self-serious, and one of the most dedicated and passionate producers I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. During the making of DADS, we all shared stories of our own fathers, and since the film is a comedy, most of the stories were a hoot and Meredith joined in plenty :) But she waited to share the full story of her father until recently. On September 11, 2001, when Meredith was 18 years old, her father, Port Authority Police Sgt. Robert Michael Kaulfers, rushed from Hoboken to New York City to rescue victims trapped in the World Trade Center and died in the line of duty. Yesterday, I reached out to Meredith to see how she was feeling and she wrote back, "I was 18 on 9/11/01 so tomorrow being 18 years is throwing me for a fucking LOOP! Thursday means I’ll have lived longer without my dad than with him." To Meredith and to all the children and loved ones of the victims of 9/11, today and all days, we will never forget those who were stolen from us.
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I remember.... .... the skyline of my hometown city.... the 4 airplanes..... the confusion ..... the news reports that seemed unending for weeks.... the fear of more to come.... the buildings collapsing..... the smoke rising..... the people fleeing over the brooklyn bridge ..... the first responders .....the people’s names being read..... the melancholy that seemed unending ..... the patriotism that followed..... the love shared by our nation .... the world sharing our grief with those they lost as well..... the rebuilding that continues today! I remember because I dare not forget the day that changed the course of our lives here in America. I share the stories with my children so they will not forget those who perished. So they may know how like a phoenix we rise from the ashes into something greater! God Bless America and may we #NeverForget #911 #TwinTowers #Pentagon #Flight93 #September11 #worldtradecenter #letsroll
Today marked the 18th anniversary of attacks, where two hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center's North and South Towers in New York City, while a third plane crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. A fourth was headed toward the White House in Washington, D.C., but crashed in a field in Pennsylvania's Stonycreek Township after passengers on Flight 93 heroically stood up to the terrorists.
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