United States President Barack Obama has used the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America to ask all Americans to act with selflessness and charity.
Silence swept across the nation for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony in Washington. The President, and First Lady joined White House staff on the South Lawn for a solemn minute of silence at 8:46am EDT – the very time the first airplane struck the World Trade Center in 2001.
The U.S. President called on all to remember lives lost, officially declaring September 11 as Patriot Day, and the National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Obama also encouraged all U.S. citizens to act with selflessness, and charity.
“As we reflect on the lives we lost, and pay tribute to the families who still live with extraordinary pain, let us resolve to continue embodying the American spirit that no act of terror can ever extinguish,” Obama said in a statement.
The President also spent time with the U.S. Army for a live, internationally televised town hall-style meeting in Maryland.
“I just want to say thank you to all of you, and your family members for your extraordinary service. What you do is vital to our way of life, and is vital to our country,” Obama said in the televised interview.
Watch the full town hall address here:
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