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Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman remember 9/11 on 16th anniversary

The stars implored fans to express their gratitude to all first responders.

Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Jackman, Jessica Biel, and Alicia Keys are among the stars who have taken a moment to honour the lives lost in the 9/11 terror attacks online.

Monday (11Sep17) marked the 16th anniversary of the U.S. tragedy, which cost 2,996 people their lives and injured over 6,000 others, and celebrities flocked to social media to pay tribute to the victims and survivors, and give thanks to the first responders for risking their lives to save others.

Jackman kept his Twitter post simple as he wrote, "Forever in our hearts and minds. #NeverForget," while Biel shared, "Today and every day we remember those lost on #September11th and the courage of all first responders."

"Thinking a lot about the first responders who risk their lives daily," posted Witherspoon. "These people are the (heart) of the USA and deserve to be honored everyday."

Alicia Keys declared: "This is for all the suffering, lives lost From 9/11 to today, may we come together in times of struggle To rise, bloom, blossom", as Kim Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner remembered, "Sixteen years later, we will never forget those who lost their lives on 9/11. We honor the bravery and selflessness of the heroes, and we keep the victims and their families in our hearts always. Today is a reminder of how precious life is. #NeverForget #Heroes".

"Thinking of all those who put themselves in harm's way to save lives on 9/11. And those who are no longer with us," tweeted Ben Stiller, as Thor star Jaimie Alexander expressed, "Taking a moment 2 remember those who lost their lives+the families of those brave individuals. Respect to all 1st responders (sic)."

Singer Paula Abdul wrote, "We honor the memory of all the lives lost. We hold in our hearts the survivors, families & emergency workers. #NeverForget #September11th," as Star Trek icon George Takei told fans, "On this 9/11, let's especially honor and remember our First Responders. Many gave their lives, others still suffer dire medical consequences."

Further tributes also poured in from the likes of Kerry Washington, Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Lopez, Alyssa Milano, Mark Wahlberg, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, and Mark Hamill, among many others.

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