9/11 anniversary: Biden, Bush and Harris urge unity as US marks 20 years since attacks – live
Kamala Harris has just spoken at the Shanksville memorial ceremony, where she emphatically called for the US to come together, as passengers and crew of Flight 93 did on 9/11 to fight the hijackers. Their act of heroism is believed to have thwarted an attack on the US Capitol.
“We are gathered today on hallowed ground, at this place that has been sanctified by sacrifice, to honor the heroism that the 40 passengers and crew members showed in the face of grave terrorism,” Harris said.
“On the days that followed September 11, 2001, we were all reminded that unity is possible in America. We were reminded, also, that unity is imperative in America. It is essential to our shared prosperity, to our national security, and to our standing in the world. And by unity, I don’t mean uniformity. We had differences of opinion in 2001, as we do in 2021, and I believe that in America, our diversity is our strength.”
“That time reminded us [of] the significance and the strength of our unity as Americans, and that it is possible in America,” Harris said.
“So moments from now, we will leave this hallowed place, still carrying with us the pain of this loss, this tremendous loss, and still the future will continue to unfold. We will face new challenges, challenges that we could not have seen 20 years ago, and we know that what lies ahead is not certain,” she said. “It is never certain. It has never been. But I know this: if we do the hard work of working together as Americans, if we remain united in purpose, we will be prepared for whatever comes next.”
“The 40 passengers and crew members of Flight 93, as we all know, they didn’t know each other, most of them didn’t know each other, they were different people from different places, they were on that flight for different reasons,” Harris continued. “But they did not focus on what may separate us, no, they focused on what they all share … the humanity that we all share.”
“In a matter of minutes, in the most dire of circumstances, the 40 responded as one. They fought for their own lives, and to save the lives of countless others at our nation’s Capitol.”
“After today, it is my hope and prayer that we continue to honor their courage, their conviction, with our own—that we honor their unity by strengthening our common bonds, by strengthening our global partnerships, and by always living out our highest ideals.”
“This work will not be easy, it never has been, and it will take all of us, believing in who we are as a nation, and it will take all of us going forth to work together,” Harris said.