US President Joe Biden honours 9/11 victims at Pentagon

12 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States, attended a ceremony at the Pentagon on Sunday to remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist assault and paid respect to them. In h...

Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States, attended a ceremony at the Pentagon on Sunday to remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist assault and paid respect to them.

In his speech at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, President Joe Biden observed, “I know for those of you who lost someone, 21 years is both a lifetime and no time at all.”

In his remarks on the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2002 assault, President Joe Biden advocated for national unity. “It’s good to remember. These memories help us heal, but they can also open up the anguish and transport us back to that time when the loss was so fresh.

“I hope we will never forget how far we pushed ourselves during these difficult times. We cherished one another. As rain rained on the soldiers lining up behind him, Biden added, “And we came together.

“We honour the first responders who sprung into action, including the passengers on Flight 93, police officers, and firemen. And we honour the young people who joined the thousands of American soldiers serving overseas to defend our country, Biden continued.

The British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday, addressed the American people in a message on September 11, 2001. The President recalled that she “pointedly reminded us, quote, “Grief is the price we pay for love.”

Prior to his address, Biden took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon. He touched a symbolic wreath before placing his palm over his heart. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley also attended the occasion with him.

In all, 2,977 individuals perished in a deadly terror assault on this day, 21 years ago. The United States saw the bloodiest terrorist assault in its history on September 11, 2001. The terrorist assaults resulted in the deaths of almost 3,000 individuals. The World Trade Center twin buildings in New York fell in under 102 minutes after being struck by hijacked aircraft from Al Qaeda.

Four commercial aircraft intended to fly from the northeastern US to California were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. They took control of the planes and turned them into missiles carrying people.

The first two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center twin towers in New York City. The third plane crashed into the Pentagon (the American military’s headquarters) in Arlington, Virginia. A fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania before it was believed to have been headed for its intended target. In the attacks, over 3,000 people died.

United Airlines Flight 93’s hijackers were defeated by the passengers, and when the jet landed in a field, no further targets were targeted.

The vice president, Kamala Harris, and the second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, attended a ceremony in New York City on Sunday morning while the first lady, Jill Biden, was in Pennsylvania for one.

“The 2,977 lives lost on September 11th will live in infamy. Standing at Ground Zero today, I’m reminded of how this tragedy affected our country and the people who lost loved ones. Doug and I are here for you today and always “The President of the US tweeted.

Harris went to a Manhattan event at Ground Zero. She said that twenty-one years ago, she stood with the victims who lost their lives at Ground Zero, Shanksville, and the Pentagon. Mayor Eric Adams, former mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the vice president’s spouse and second gentleman, Doug Emhoff, were all in attendance.

Harris stated, “My heart aches with those who lost loved ones. On this melancholy day of memory, we celebrate those who lost their lives, as well as our first responders who risked all in the face of terrible terrorism. Today, we continue to honour their courage and resilience.”

In accordance with a joint resolution passed on December 18, 2001, the US Congress declared September 11 of every year to be “Patriot Day,” and in accordance with Public Law 111-13, passed on April 21, 2009, the Congress requested that September 11 be observed as a yearly “National Day of Service and Remembrance.”

US President Joe Biden declared September 11 as a Patriot and National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 10 of last year. He also stated that all government buildings shall fly the American flag at half-staff on this day.

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