US President Joe Biden has called for unity as the US remembers the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
In a video released Sept. 10, marking the 20th anniversary of the attacks, he recalled the 2,977 people who lost their lives from those attacks.
“We honor all those who risked their lives in the minutes, hours, months and years that followed,” Biden told emergency workers who responded after the attacks.
A series of events will be held in the US on Saturday to commemorate the victims of the attacks.
“No matter how much time has passed, these reminders bring back everything, as if we had received the news a few seconds ago,” the president said, reports the BBC.
Biden acknowledged that “dark forces of human nature – fear and anger, resentment and violence against American Muslims” occurred after the attacks, but said unity was “the greatest force” in the United States.
“We have learned that unity is something that should never be broken,” he said.
The attacks were planned by al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Four passenger planes, with suicide bombers on board carry out the attacks. Two hit the Twin Towers in New York.
Another plane crashed in the Pentagon, on the outskirts of the US capital, Washington DC, and the fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers had managed to collide with the attackers on board.
President Biden is expected to visit the three sites where the attacks took place, along with First Lady Jill Biden.
It is also planned to hold six moments of silence, which will correspond to the blow from the Twin Towers planes and then their crash as well as the moment when the Pentagon was attacked by a passenger plane.
The commemoration of 9/11 victims comes at a difficult time for President Biden, who is facing criticism after withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and ending his military presence in the country less than a month before they are marked. 20th anniversary of the attacks.
Biden had promised that the US would leave Afghanistan on the 20th anniversary of the attacks and had said the Taliban were unlikely to take control of the state.
But the militant group took control of the state in less than 10 days.
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