Both Bush and Harris called on the Americans to unite in the post-9/11 days. According to Bush, the days of unity after the attacks “seem distant” today.
The ceremony began with a minute of silence, followed by a list of the names of passengers and crew who stood up to the kidnappers. Thanks to them, the fourth hijacked plane did not reach its destination, which, according to a later investigation, could have been the White House or the seat of Congress. All 44 people on board were killed, including four hijackers.
“Twenty years ago, we were all in different ways, in different places, but at the same time we discovered that our lives had changed forever,” said Bush, who rarely appears in public. “In the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks, I was proud to lead an amazing, resilient and united people. As for the unity of America, these days now seem to be far from ours, “he added.
“There seems to be a pernicious force in our life together that turns every disagreement into an argument and every argument into a cultural conflict. So much of our policy has become a mere response to anger, fear and resentment, “Bush said.” That’s why we are worried about our nation and our common future.
I come without explanation and solution. I can only tell you what I saw. On the day of American trial and sorrow, I saw millions of people instinctively grabbing their neighbor’s hand and helping each other. That’s America I know, “said the former president of the United States.
In a subsequent speech, Vice President Kamala Harris paid tribute to the lost lives and heroism of the passengers. But like Bush, she called on Americans to unite. “What happened on Flight 93 tells us so much about the courage of the people on board who gave everything they had, the determination of the first interveners who risked everything, and the resilience of the American people,” Harris said.
“In the days following 9/11, we all remembered that unity is possible in America. We also remembered that unity is essential in America. It is essential to our shared prosperity, national security, and our position in the world.” “Harris said.
President Joe Biden then arrived in Shanskville and planned to visit all three sites that were hit by planes hijacked by terrorists. After New York and Shanskville, where he laid a wreath at the victims’ memorial, he will also honor the victims of the attack on the US Department of Defense, the Pentagon.
It was at the Pentagon that this third local time took place this morning. The Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and the Chairman of the Corps of Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley spoke at the piety.
In his speech, Milley also spoke of American soldiers who fell during almost 20 years of war in Afghanistan. There were 2,461 of them, including 13 who died in August in an attack at Kabul Airport. According to Milley, “this terrible chapter in the history of our nations” has come to an end. “We have conflicting feelings of pain and anger, grief and sorrow at the same time, as well as pride and resilience,” a top American general said.
The United States invaded Afghanistan in the fall of 2021 and withdrew from the country this summer. However, Afghanistan quickly reoccupied the radical Islamist Taliban movement, which sheltered 20 years ago by perpetrators of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization. The rapid fall of the US-backed Afghan government has cast a shadow over the current commemoration of the 9/11 attacks.
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