In observance of the deadly attacks of September 11, 2001, President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of friends and loved ones of the victims of the attacks at the Pentagon, and spoke to the perseverance of the American people as they gather on “hallowed ground” to remember the fallen.
Describing the day as one of “reflection, unity, and renewal,” the President emphasized healing and resilience, and reminded the audience that, while “it’s perhaps natural to focus on the images of that horrible morning… these memorials, in your presence today, remind us to remember the fullness of [the victims’] presence on earth.” President Obama didn’t just take the time to linger on the victims, however, and spoke to the vile nature of the attacks and those behind them:
“The perpetrators of this evil act didn’t simply attack America. They attacked the very idea of America itself– all that we stand for and represent in the world. And so the highest honor we can pay those we lost– indeed, our greatest weapon in this ongoing war– is to do what our adversaries fear the most: to stay true to who we are as Americans. To renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are.”
His full speech at the Pentagon, via Fox News, below:
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