Washington: US President Joe Biden on Sunday paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terror attack by al-Qaeda terrorists, attended a remembrance event at the Pentagon, and made remarks to honor those killed.
“I know for all of you who have lost someone, 21 years is a lifetime and no time at all,” Biden said at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.
“It’s good to remember. These memories help us heal, but they can also open up hurt and take us back to a moment when the sadness was so raw.”
In his remarks, Biden called for national unity on the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2002 attacks. “I hope we remember that in the midst of these dark days, we dug deep. We cared for each other. And we came together,” Biden said, as it rained down on the soldiers standing behind him.
“We honor the police officers and firefighters, the passengers and civilians and service members on Flight 93 who all jumped into the action. And, we honor the young men and women who join the thousands of American soldiers who have fought around the world. Service to protect our nation,” Biden said.
“We will never forget, we will never give up,” Biden said. “Our commitment to preventing another attack on the United States is endless.”
The president spoke of a message he sent to the American people on September 11, 2001 from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, who died on Thursday, recalling that he “clearly reminded us, quoting, ‘Sorrow is the price we pay for love.’
Before the speech, Biden attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon, pausing briefly before a ceremonial wreath-laying to touch it and then placing his hand on his heart. The event was accompanied by Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
A total of 2,977 people lost their lives in a horrific terrorist attack on this day 21 years ago. On 11 September 2001, the United States suffered the deadliest terrorist attack in its history. More than 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist attacks. In the span of just 102 minutes after planes hijacked by al Qaeda operatives crashed, the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center collapsed.
On Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial aircraft traveling from the northeastern US to California. They took control of the jet to use as missiles loaded with passengers.
The hijackers crashed the first two planes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and the third plane crashed at the Pentagon (U.S. Army Headquarters) in Arlington, Virginia, and another one crashed in Pennsylvania before arriving. . his expected target. The attacks took the lives of about 3,000 people.
The passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 overpowered the hijackers and the plane crashed into a field, preventing another target from being hit.
First Lady, Jill Biden, attended a ceremony in Pennsylvania on Sunday morning, while Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff attended a ceremony in New York City.
“We will never forget the 2,977 people killed in 9/11. Standing at Ground Zero today, I am reminded of the impact this attack had on our nation and the people who lost their loved ones. Doug and I stand with you today and every day,” the US Vice President tweeted.
Harris attended an event at Ground Zero in Manhattan. She said she stood by the losers at Ground Zero, Shanksville and the Pentagon twenty-one years ago. The Vice President was accompanied by her husband and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, Mayor Eric Adams and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Harris said, “On this holy day of remembrance, we honor those who lost their lives, as well as our first responders who risked everything to confront serious terrorism. Today, we celebrate their courage.” And continue to honor the strength.” My heart is with those who have lost their loved ones.”
By a joint resolution adopted on December 18, 2001, the US Congress designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day” and by Public Law 111–13, adopted on April 21, 2009, Congress approved 11. September was requested to be celebrated as one. The “National Service and Remembrance Day” is recognized annually.
Last year, on September 10, US President Joe Biden declared September 11 as Patriotic and National Service and Remembrance Day and said that on this day, all government entities should display the American flag at half-staff.