Obama remembers victims and lifeguards on 11th anniversary of 9/11

Posted on September 9, 2012

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08/09/2012 – 11:12 a.m.
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Washington. – The U.S. president, Barack Obama, emphasized today that 11 years after the attacks of September 11, “no adversary or terrorist act can change who we are as Americans,” after remembering those who lost their lives.

The Americans are a family that has the ability to safely say that “we always come together to protect and preserve this country we love,” Obama said in his message Saturdays.

The president referred to the commemoration of the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (9/11) that caused some three thousand dead and the iconic Twin Towers collapsed.

He highlighted the work of rescuers who were the first to respond to the emergency, and the men and women in uniform “who have served and sacrificed to keep our country safe.”

This anniversary is to give recognition to them and “is also an opportunity to reflect on how far we’ve come as a nation in the last 11 difficult years that followed the attacks,” and in which this country grew stronger, said .

He added that over the years have also decimated the leadership of the terrorist network Al-Qaeda.

Obama said that the Iraq war ended and U.S. troops returned home after finishing with the Taliban.

In addition to training Afghan security forces and forge an alliance with a new government, so that at the end of 2014, “the transition in Afghanistan is complete and our war will be over,” he said.

The president said that thanks to the courage and skill of personnel and military intelligence, Osama Bin Laden never will be a new threat to the United States.

He said “I have always said that the U.S. is at war with Al-Qaeda and its affiliates and will never be at war with Islam or any other religion. Our freedom and diversity makes us unique and always will be central to what this nation “.

Obama reiterated that honors the memory of those who lost their lives in these attacks “volcándonos in our communities, serving those in need and reaffirming basic values, instead of succumbing to the pain.”

“We are one American family and we look each other not only in the difficult days, but every day,” he added.

“As Americans we refuse to live in fear. Nowadays, a new tower rises on the skyline of New York. And our country is stronger, safer and more respected in the world,” he said.

The president called on Americans that in this anniversary of September 11, 2001, marked the National Day of Service and Remembrance, “remember those we lost, reaffirm the values ​​that they represented and continue forward as a nation and a people “.

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