Unity, central lesson of 9/11 attacks, says US president


Biden attends events at the sites of the 2001 attacks.

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, US President Joe Biden called for unity in America, saying it was the “central lesson” of September 11.

Mr Biden posted a pre-recorded video message on September 10 from the White House, in which he paid tribute to the 2,977 people from 90 countries who have been killed in New York, Arlington, Virginia and Shanksville, Pennsylvania twenty years since. The president spent the day visiting commemorative events at the sites of the attacks.

“In the days following September 11, 2001, we saw heroism everywhere, in expected and unexpected places. We also saw something too rare – a real sense of national unity, ”Biden said, adding that the“ 9/11 generation ”were bringing terrorists to justice.

“Yet we are also witnessing the darkest forces of human nature,” the president said, referring to violence against American Muslims. “… Fear and anger, resentment and violence against American Muslims, true and faithful followers of a peaceful religion. We have seen a national unity fold. We have learned that unity is the one thing that must never break. Unity is what makes us who we are, America at its best, ”he said, stressing that unity was the central lesson of September 11.

“Unity is what makes us who we are. America at its best. For me, this is the central lesson of September 11. It’s that among our most vulnerable, and the push and pull of all that makes us human, and the battle for the soul of America, unity is our greatest strength, ”he said. he declares.

“Oneness doesn’t mean we have to believe the same. We must have fundamental respect and faith in each other and in this nation, ”Biden said.

On the morning of September 11, President and First Lady Jill Biden attended a memorial event at Ground Zero in New York City, where the World Trade Center was once located, after which they flew to Shanksville, Pa., Where they paid tribute to the ‘Flight 93 National Memorial’.

The memorial is at the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed, just outside Shanksville. The plane was one of four flights hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists. He was redirected to Washington DC, possibly because the hijackers wanted to target the United States Capitol, but that plan was thwarted by the crew and passengers, who all died.

The Bidens are expected to attend a wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon with Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Dough Emhoff late Saturday afternoon.

In the morning, Ms. Harris spoke at a ceremony in Shanksville to commemorate the day. Former US President George Bush, who was president in 2001, also spoke at the Shanksville memorial event, which he attended with his wife Laura Bush.

“Modified United States Path”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken issued a message of commemoration for the nearly 3,000 people killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He said the event shaped US engagement with the world .

“For so many Americans, whether we lost someone we knew or where we were on 9/11, the attack seemed personal. It still is, ”said Blinken.

“As we saw in the aftermath of the attacks, the commitment of our allies and partners to us, and ours to them, is a sacred bond,” he said.

“As much as any other event in our lifetime, September 11 shaped the trajectory of our nation and the way we engage in the world. The United States recently completed a chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, nearly two decades after invading the country in response to the September 11 attacks.


Kevin E. Boling

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