President Obama has led moving tributes to the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 as America marks the 13th anniversary of the terror attacks.
The Commander in Chief spoke outside the Pentagon, where 184 people lost their lives, on Thursday, while victims’ families also gathered at the World Trade Center site in Manhattan and the memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed.
‘It has now been 13 years,’ Obama said. ‘Thirteen years since the peace of an American morning was broken; thirteen years since nearly 3,000 beautiful people were taken from us; thirteen years of moments they would have shared with us; thirteen years of memories they would have made.’
But he paid tribute to the strength and the endurance of the families, survivors and Pentagon personnel who returned to work the next day, more determined than ever to keep America strong.
‘As Americans, we draw strength from you,’ he said. ‘Your love is the ultimate rebuke to the hatred of those who attacked us that bright, blue morning… America stands tall and America stands proud… We will only grow stronger.’