We’re Still the America of Heroes: Obama Honours Victims of 9/11

In his weekly radio address on Saturday, Obama said it was one of the darkest days in the history of America.

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President Barack Obama speaking at the 9/11 memorial observance ceremony at the Pentagon. (Photo: AP)

On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, US President Barack Obama honoured the victims of the 11 September attacks on American soil in 2001, which brought down the iconic World Trade Centre towers.

Speaking at the Pentagon, he said: “We will never forget the nearly 3000 beautiful lives that 9/11 took away from us.”

Earlier in his weekly radio address on Saturday, Obama said it had been one of the darkest days in the history of the nation, but that it underlined the core values and resilience that define Americans.

We’re still the America of heroes who ran into harm’s way; of ordinary folks who took down the hijackers; of families who turned their pain into hope. We are still the America that looks out for one another, bound by our shared belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper.

No public official will speak at the New York ceremony, in keeping with a tradition that began in 2012. The 9/11 Memorial Museum, which sits in the plaza surrounded by white oak trees, will be open on Sunday only to family members of the victims.


In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to the victims of the attack.

The terror attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda killed nearly 3,000 people and left over 6,000 people injured in New York and Washington DC.

(With inputs from Reuters and IANS.)

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