On the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Joe Biden marked the solemn occasion by expressing his solidarity with the families of the victims of the 2001 tragedy, denouncing hatred and division, and imploring the American people to come together in unity.
In a proclamation issued by the White House, the president paid tribute to those killed on that September day 19 years ago and to the heroes who responded to the crisis.”To all of the people who rushed forward to save lives, to donate blood, offer food and shelter, and support those affected: we thank you,” he said.
Biden also called on the nation to commit to a society that holds each other up and works together to build a brighter future, and to reject the forces of division and hatred.
“We must stand together as one nation to defend the people and values we hold dear,” Biden said. “We must reject any attempt to use fear and terror to divide us.”
The often-divided nation must come together and resist those trying to pit Americans against one another, the president warned, while affirming the importance of honoring and protecting our shared humanity.
“On this solemn day, let us join in remembrance and evoke the strength to move forward together, united,” Biden said.