Speaking at a memorial service for the events of September 11 in front of about 1,000 US troops at Elmendorf-Richardson Air Force Base in Alaska following a trip to Asia, US President Joe Biden stressed that this is a time to remember the past. there is time. The spirit of American unity.
“Beyond party, beyond politics, this day reminds us to never lose the spirit of national unity. Let this be the common goal of our times. Let us honor this day by remembering the mutual trust between us that 9-11 By renewing” – said President Biden.
Mr Biden said: “We don’t need a national tragedy to remind us of the power of national unity, but this is how we truly honor those we lost on September 11.” -9″.
US President Joe Biden spoke at the memorial service in front of about 1,000 US troops at Elmendorf-Richardson Air Force Base in Alaska. Photo: AP
Additionally, President Biden criticized the “rising wave of hatred, extremism, and political violence” in the US. There is growing evidence that the country is suffering the largest and sustained increase in political violence since the 1970s.
“We must not succumb to the toxic politics created by differences and division. We must never allow ourselves to be divided by petty grievances – Mr Biden said and reiterated his relationship with the late Republican Senator John McCain.
Mr Biden said Mr McCain put his duty to the country “above party, above politics, above self. This day reminds us that we must never lose our sense of national unity.”
Vice President Kamala Harris attends the memorial service in New York. Photo: AP
A man holds a flag in New York City on September 11, 2023. Photo: Reuters
According to the news agency reutersThe memorial service took place in Alaska as Mr Biden was returning from a 5-day visit to India and Vietnam. The decision to hold the event in Alaska rather than Washington or New York was a departure from the norm.
It is the first time that President Biden has given a speech commemorating September 11 at a location that was not the site of the tragedy 22 years ago.
In 2022, Mr Biden spoke at the Pentagon, in 2021, he visited Area Zero in New York, went to Shanksville Field and then went to the Pentagon. It is said that it is rare for a US President not to attend memorial services at crash sites.
Meanwhile, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband (Mr Doug Emhoff) and US military commanders attended separate events to commemorate those killed in the attack. 11 September.