Washington (AP) — President Joe Biden Marked 21st anniversary of the September 11 attacksAttend a gloomy wreath-laying ceremony at the Pentagon amid incessant rain and pay tribute to the “extraordinary Americans” who laid down their lives on one of the nation’s darkest days.
had a sunday ceremony a little over a year When Biden ended the long and costly war in Afghanistan that the US and allies had started in response to terrorist attacks.
Biden noted that his administration continues to pursue those responsible for the 9/11 attacks even after the United States left Afghanistan. Last month, Biden announced The US killed Ayman al-ZawahriAl-Qaeda leader who helped plot the September 11 attacks, in a covert operation.
“We will never forget, we will never give up,” Biden said. “Our commitment to preventing another attack on the United States is endless.”
The president was joined by family members of the fallen, first responders who were at the Pentagon on the day of the attack, as well as leading the Defense Department for an annual moment of tribute in New York City, the Pentagon and Somerset County. , Pennsylvania.
In Ending Afghanistan War, Democratic President Pledges to Bring US Troops Home Through Campaign country’s longest war, But the war ended chaotically in August 2021, when US-backed Afghan government collapses170 Afghans were killed in a fierce bombing and 13 US soldiers at Kabul airportAnd thousands of desperate Afghans gathered in the hope of escape before the last American cargo planes could fly over the Hindu Kush.
Biden marked the one-year anniversary of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in low-key fashion late last month. He issued a statement in honor of the 13 American soldiers killed in the Kabul airport bombing and Spoke on the phone with US veterans Assisting in the ongoing efforts to resettle in the United States Afghans who helped with the war effort.
Biden said on Sunday that US soldiers serving in Afghanistan, as well as their families, owed “incredible debt”. Over 2,200 American service members were killed and over 20,000 wounded during the nearly 20-year war. According to the Pentagon.
He also vowed that the nation would “never fail to fulfill the sacred obligation to you, which we send in harm’s way and look after them and their families when they come home – and will never, ever forget.” . “
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday criticized Biden’s handling of the war and said the country was on a renewed downward trajectory. Taliban regime Since the withdrawal of America.
“Now, a year after last August’s disaster, the focus is increasingly on the devastating scale of President Biden’s decision,” McConnell said. “Afghanistan has become a global pariah. its the economy has shrunk by about a third. Half of its population is now facing severe levels of food insecurity,
The president also recalled the words of comfort, who died last week, that were sent to the American people shortly after the 2001 attacks: “Grief is the price we pay for love.” Biden said those words are as poignant today as they were 21 years ago, but the weight of the loss remains heavy.
“On this day, when the price sounds great, Jill and I are holding you all close to our hearts.” Biden said.
Biden has recently warned the “extreme ideology” of former President Donald Trump and his “maga Republican” followers as a threat to American democracy. Without naming Trump, Biden again on Sunday called on Americans to defend democracy.
“It is not enough to stand up for democracy once or every time,” Biden said. “It’s something we have to do every day. So it’s not only a day to remember, but a day of renewal and resolution for every American in our devotion to this country, to our democracy.
first Lady jill biden Spoke to a crowd at the Flight 93 National Memorial Observance in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where she recalled worrying about her sister, Bonnie Jacobs, a United Airlines flight attendant.
She said the attacks show that “with courage and kindness we can be the light in that darkness.”
“It showed us that we are all connected,” said Biden, who was joined by his sister in Shanksville for Sunday’s commemoration. “So as we stand on this sacred and ravaged earth, a record of our collective grief and a memorial to the memories we live in every day, this is the legacy we carry so much forward: Hope Challenging Hate. gives.”
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband attend a commemoration ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial in New York.