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Biden Marks 9/11 by Telling Americans They ‘Obliged’ Terror Victims to Stand Up for Democracy

Joe Biden reiterated his call for Americans to “stand up” for democracy in an impassioned Pentagon speech commemorating the 21st anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The president said Americans “owe” the victims of 9/11 to defend democracy.

The president ended his weekend at his Delaware home earlier than usual to return to a rainy Washington, D.C. and lay a wreath at the Pentagon 9/11 memorial and make commemorative remarks.

Biden arrived in a downpour in the nation’s capital, holding a large black umbrella as he exited Air Force 1 and donned a raincoat before entering the presidential vehicle The Beast and driving to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

The president quoted the late Queen Elizabeth II in his address just days after her death, saying in his remarks in the rain outside the Pentagon on Sunday: “Grief is a price we pay for love.”

“It’s not enough every September 11 to collect and remember those we lost more than two decades ago,” Biden said in his comments. ‘Because on this day it’s not about the past, it’s about the future.’

“We have an obligation, a duty, a responsibility to defend, preserve and protect our democracy,” he continued. “The democracy that defends the right to freedom that those terrorists tried to bury on 9/11 in the burning fire, smoke and ash. And that requires a commitment from all of us.’

The comments come just 10 days after Biden made a speech from Philadelphia, where he called former President Donald Trump and his supporters a threat to democracy. Since then, the president has tried to reverse those comments, claiming not to feel that Trump supporters are a threat to the fabric of the nation.

Biden lays wreath at Pentagon to commemorate 9/11 terrorist attacks

Biden lays wreath at Pentagon to commemorate 9/11 terrorist attacks

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Speaking in the pouring rain on Sunday, Biden said Americans “owe” the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to protect democracy.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley (left) and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (right) spoke at the Pentagon on Sunday before Biden’s comments

The president arrived in a downpour as he left his home in Wilmington, Delaware, earlier than usual over the weekend to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and make remarks at the Pentagon on the 21st anniversary of the attacks.

The president arrived in a downpour as he left his home in Wilmington, Delaware, earlier than usual over the weekend to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and make remarks at the Pentagon on the 21st anniversary of the attacks.

The president arrived in a downpour as he left his home in Wilmington, Delaware, earlier than usual over the weekend to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and make remarks at the Pentagon on the 21st anniversary of the attacks.

His remarks on Sunday were a redemption speech, in which he urged American unity to strengthen the values ​​of democracy.

“American democracy depends on the habits of the hearts of we the people,” Biden told an audience who held up black umbrellas to protect themselves from the ongoing rain. “It’s not enough to stand up for democracy once a year or every now and then, something we have to do every day.”

“This is not just a day to remember, but a day of renewal and determination for every American. And our commitment to this country – to its principles and its bodies – to our democracy – we owe it to the people who are remembered today,” he continued.

‘We owe each other that. And we owe that to future generations of Americans.”

Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Mr. Doug Emhoff attend a memorial ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Mr. Doug Emhoff attend a memorial ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Mr. Doug Emhoff attend a memorial ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City on Sunday.

New York Representative Alexandrira Ocasio-Cortez also attended the ceremony in New York City

New York Representative Alexandrira Ocasio-Cortez also attended the ceremony in New York City

New York Representative Alexandrira Ocasio-Cortez also attended the ceremony in New York City

Alejandro Mayorkas arrived in NYC for a 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero

Alejandro Mayorkas arrived in NYC for a 9/11 ceremony at Ground Zero

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attended 9/11 Memorial on Sunday

Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attended 9/11 Memorial on Sunday

Spotted in New York: DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (left) and former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (right)

“I have no doubt that we will do this,” the president concluded. “We will take this great responsibility. We will secure our democracy together – as one American, the United States of America.”

“American democracy depends on the habits of the hearts of we people,” Biden told an audience who held up black umbrellas to protect themselves from the downpour.

“It’s not enough to stand up for democracy once a year or every now and then, something we have to do every day,” the president added.

First lady Jill Biden spoke Sunday in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a hijacked plane crashed into a field after passengers stopped terrorists from reaching their target. All 40 passengers and crew died, as did the four hijackers.

Meanwhile, Vice President and Second Mr. Doug Emhoff arrived in New York City Sunday morning to participate in a memorial ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero.

Also spotted at the dismal event included Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Before he left Delaware for DC on Sunday, Biden told the press who traveled with him that “there is a plan” to bring justice to the families of the victims, as those responsible for the attacks are still in prison two decades later. prisons of Guantanamo Bay.

The president placed his hand on his heart during a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the attack.  On September 11, 2001, a total of 184 people died in the Pentagon, including all 64 people on the plane and another 125 people in the Pentagon that day

The president placed his hand on his heart during a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the attack.  On September 11, 2001, a total of 184 people died in the Pentagon, including all 64 people on the plane and another 125 people in the Pentagon that day

The president placed his hand on his heart during a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the attack. On September 11, 2001, a total of 184 people died in the Pentagon, including all 64 people on the plane and another 125 people in the Pentagon that day

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Before he left Delaware for DC on Sunday, Biden told the press who traveled with him that “there is a plan” to bring justice to the families of the victims, as those responsible for the attacks are still in prison two decades later. prisons of Guantanamo Bay.

On September 11, 2001, a total of 184 people died in the Pentagon, including all 64 people on the plane and another 125 people in the Pentagon that day.

The grounds have an open-air memorial with a bench for each of the victims, as well as a covered chapel to honor the lives lost.

Joining Biden at the Pentagon on Sunday were members of his Defense Department team, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

The two made remarks in the rain before the president took the stage.

Milley said the 9/11 attacks were an attack on American democracy and Austin thanked those who then and now enlisted in the military to continue to defend America.

“Today, there are 184 steel benches around us, each bearing the name of a person killed in the attack on the Pentagon,” Austin said. “And every night 184 lights go on to light up their couch.”

Biden, who called for unity during his speech on Sunday, also referred to the fact that for years Muslims and Americans from the Middle East were identified as potential threats after the attacks.

“For me, that’s the biggest lesson of 9/11 — not that we’ll never see another setback, but that in a moment of great unity we also had to face the worst impulses,” Biden said.

He claimed those “worst impulses” were “fear, violence, blame directed against Muslim America, as well as Americans of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent.”

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