Barack Obama, Jimmy Fallon, Kaley Cuoco and more remember 9/11

On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, celebrities took to social media to remember the 2,977 victims and pay tribute to the brave first responders who were on the scene of the terrorist attacks.

Former president Barack Obama tweeted, “We will always remember everyone we lost on 9/11, thank the first responders who keep us safe and honor all who defend our country and the ideals that bind us together. There’s nothing our resilience and resolve can’t overcome, and no act of terror can ever change who we are.”

President Donald Trump — who infamously bragged hours after the 2001 tragedy that his building at 40 Wall Street was “the tallest” in downtown Manhattan once the Twin Towers were destroyed — attended a memorial service in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, with his wife, first lady Melania Trump.

“Today, all of America wraps up and joins together. We close our arms to help you shoulder your pain and to carry your great, great sorrow,” he said during a speech that addressed the families of the victims of United Flight 93. “Your tears are not shed alone, for they are shared grief with an entire nation.”

See how stars are honoring the anniversary in the gallery below:

31 PHOTOS
9/11 17th anniversary: Stars remember
See Gallery
9/11 17th anniversary: Stars remember
We will always remember everyone we lost on 9/11, thank the first responders who keep us safe, and honor all who de… https://t.co/ku270JQnwl
I love you New York City.
#NeverForget ❤️ https://t.co/8NxzhyTKBP
It’s 9/11... I actually saw the Towers fall from my apartment window that morning.... Respect to all the victims an… https://t.co/fjcuw3VFF5
2,996 people killed, more than 6,000 people injured. Countless families ripped apart, too many broken hearts to ima… https://t.co/WNabvupppi
#NeverForget the souls lost and the sacrifices made. #NeverForget the loved ones who soldier on. #NeverForget how… https://t.co/1bBue205kO
We will never forget the lives lost, the families left behind, the first responders’ sacrifices. They tried to brin… https://t.co/qUaCcFpQ21
#NeverForget https://t.co/1CUhk3Q8BJ
Today we remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11 and many brave people who risked their lives that day to help… https://t.co/trY83Ge4de
They just stopped everything at the airport and someone played Amazing Grace on bagpipes to honor the 9/11 victims.… https://t.co/2r497vIdRg
September 11th is a day I’ll never forget. I was at the rink getting ready to go school and watched as the second t… https://t.co/flg50j1NVk
I love New York City forever and ever and I can’t wait to get back
17 years ago today I wrote this in my diary when I was in 4th grade. #NeverForget https://t.co/dpFK32GueC
I had the privilege of growing up in NYC, as did my parents. These streets made me who I am and they continue to in… https://t.co/35eFZCLJdc
Let’s take a cleansing breath now because it’s such a powerful day. Where exactly were you now on 9/11? I was in my… https://t.co/MQFGsOILzE
The world has changed, but love, kindness, courage and compassion will always win. #NeverForget
Today marks 17 years since 9/11. Remembering those lost and paying tribute to the brave men and women who came together on that day, and who fight for our freedom everyday. #NeverForget
Never Forget ❤️
On #September11th, I rushed to Sam’s school to make sure he was safe. Then I went to give blood but was turned away… https://t.co/AYss5bRbMF
17 years ago. #NeverForget #SomeGaveAll https://t.co/EXb4lOUvM5
What a difference a day makes #NeverForget https://t.co/NUQgDGF1pM
Today we remember those we lost.... and we also remember the helpers....#neverforget https://t.co/wFlAuoeCm3
New York, I love you. #NeverForget https://t.co/9m8XxtVdUP
In Remembrance #911 #911Day 🙏 https://t.co/SFM28qZeIH
I regret not forcing my way down there to really witness it. To think that jumping out of a window was relief. Talk… https://t.co/BWSen7Xk6u
Remembering all the lives that were lost on that September day💔 . Love to all their family and friends and to all t… https://t.co/yrYKQIwMBc
We must #NeverForget the innocent lives lost on this day and the brave and heroic #firefighters who died trying to… https://t.co/lovtQHnqXf
9/11/01 🙏🏾🙏🏾 “What’s Going On” #SoSoDef25 https://t.co/WRBpMphd2n
Imagine all the people living life in peace love, John & Yoko #September11th #NeverForget #911Memorial… https://t.co/9rLp4d6jy3
God bless America #911 #neverforget https://t.co/mfqD0htO3Q https://t.co/Kni5u9gMRB
Today marks 17 years since 9/11. We will never, ever forget those lives lost, their families, and the heroic first… https://t.co/MwQORK54c3
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Many stars with ties to New York City also spoke out. Jimmy Fallon, who hosts The Tonight Show at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, wrote on Twitter, “I love you New York City.” Ice-T, whose show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is based in the Big Apple, tweeted, “It’s 9/11… I actually saw the Towers fall from my apartment window that morning…. Respect to all the victims and people who lost loved ones.”

Michael Strahan tweeted a series of photos of himself and his former New York Giants teammates posing on the field with first responders. “We will never forget the heroes we lost on this tragic day 17 years ago,” he wrote. “Standing side by side with the first responders will always be one of the most special moments of my entire career. #NeverForget.”

Over on Instagram, Kaley Cuoco posted a photo of the World Trade Center. She wrote, “17 years ago .. #neverforget In memory of all the lives lost that day 9/11.” Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star Vinny Guadagninowrote, “As I get older this day gets realer and realer. Thousands of innocent lives who left their families to go to work . People trapped and confused inside the smokey buildings making last calls to their loved ones. Heroes sacrificing their lives by running into the buildings to save strangers , while everyone else was running away. A day like this makes every day problems feel small and puts it all into perspective . #911 #Neverforget.”

Read Full Story

Sign up for Entertainment Insider by AOL to get the hottest pop culture news delivered straight to your inbox!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.