President Joe Biden made an appearance at the Pentagon on Sunday to pay his respects to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Biden arrived at the Pentagon at about 9:30AM on Sunday, where he laid a commemorative wreath for the 184 people killed in the attack over twenty years ago. The President then delivered a speech memorializing the victims and urging Americans to do what they can to protect democracy in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11.
“Twenty-one years ago — twenty-one years, and still we kept our promise: Never Forget. We’ll keep the memory of all those precious lives stolen from — from us: 2,977 — at Ground Zero in New York; in Shanksville, where my wife is speaking now — in Pennsylvania; 184 of them here at the Pentagon,” Biden said.
He later told the audience that it is every American’s responsibility to protect US democracy. “We have an obligation, a duty, a responsibility to defend, preserve, and protect our democracy, the very democracy that guarantees the rights and freedom that those terrorists on 9/11 sought to bury in the burning fire and smoke and ash,” the President said. “And that takes a commitment on the part of all of us — dedication, hard work — every day.”
He also made mention of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday at 96 years of age. “I remember a message sent to the American people from Queen Elizabeth. It was on September 11,” Biden said. “Her ambassador read a prayer of service at St. Thomas Church in New York, where she poignantly reminded us, quote, “Grief is the price we pay for love.’”
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden appeared at the Pennsylvania site of another 9/11 plane crash, while Vice President Kamala Harris spoke at Ground Zero in New York City.
ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK
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