President Joe Biden marked the twenty second anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist assaults on Monday, telling servicemembers gathered in Anchorage, “terrorism – together with political and ideological violence – is the alternative of all we stand for as a nation.”
“We should not succumb to the toxic politics of distinction and division, mustn’t ever permit ourselves to be pulled aside attending manufactured grievances, we should proceed to face united,” he stated. “All of us have an obligation, an obligation, a accountability to defend, to protect, to guard our democracy.”
Biden, who has beforehand marked 9/11 with visits to websites in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the Pentagon, and Floor Zero in New York acknowledged that although Elmendorf Air Drive Base shouldn’t be “positioned at Floor Zero, we all know the space didn’t boring or diminish the ache we felt throughout the nation of September 11.” Biden was talking on the base as he traveled again from Hanoi, Vietnam, his ultimate cease on a whirlwind journey to Asia to fulfill with Vietnamese leaders and attend the G-20 summit in New Delhi.
“As a result of we all know that on at the present time, 22 years in the past, [planes] from this base have been scrambled on excessive alert to escort planes by way of the airspace, Alaskan communities opened their doorways to stranded passengers, American flags offered out in each retailer and have been positioned in entrance of seemingly each residence,” he stated. “We all know that on at the present time, each American’s coronary heart was wounded, but in each massive metropolis, small city, suburb, rural city, tribal group, American palms went up, prepared to assist the place they may, able to serve like so a lot of you right here.”
Within the days that adopted 9/11, the president acknowledged, nationwide unity reached a fever pitch within the wake of the terrorist assaults.
“Now it shouldn’t take a nationwide tragedy to remind us of the ability of nationwide unity, however that’s how we really honor these we misplaced on 9/11,” he stated. “By remembering what we are able to do collectively. To recollect what was destroyed, what can we restore, what was threatened, what we fortified, what was attacked – an indomitable American spirit prevailed over all of it.”
And he touted the steps the nation had taken within the years since 9/11 to eradicate terrorism, noting American forces “served and sacrificed, repeatedly, to defend our democracy and deny terrorists the protected haven, following Osama bin Laden to the top of earth – and never solely ship him to the gates of hell 12 years in the past,” however took out al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri final 12 months.
He additionally took the chance to pay tribute to the late Sen. John McCain, whose memorial he stopped by earlier on Monday in Hanoi.
“One factor I at all times admired about John was how he put responsibility to nation first, and that’s not hyperbole, he did,” Biden stated. “Above occasion, above politics, above his personal particular person. This present day reminds us, we mustn’t ever lose that sense of nationwide unity. So, let that be the widespread reason for our time – allow us to honor September 11 by renewing our religion in each other.”