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Barack Obama honors exceptional Americans on September 11th

Former President Obama paid tribute to the fallen of September 11th and also honored the extraordinary Americans who risk their lives every day during the pandemic.

In a statement to PoliticusUSA, President Obama said:

Today we honor the nearly 3,000 men, women and children who died on September 11, 2001, and more who have lost their lives in service to our country in the two decades since. We reaffirm our commitment to cultivating sacred trust with their families – including those children who have lost their parents and who have shown extraordinary resilience. But this anniversary is also about reflecting on what we have learned in the 20 years since that terrible morning.

This list of lessons is long and growing. But one thing became clear on September 11th – and has been clear ever since – that America has always been the home of heroes who are in danger to do the right thing.

For Michelle and me, the lasting image of that day isn't just collapsing towers or smoldering rubble. It's the firefighters running up the stairs while others ran downstairs. The passengers decide to storm a cockpit knowing this could be their last act. The volunteers who turned up at recruitment agencies across the country in the days that followed were ready to risk their lives.

Over the past 20 years we have seen the same courage and selflessness over and over again. We saw it a decade ago when justice was done to Osama bin Laden by our military after years of perseverance. And we see it today – with the doctors and nurses who are bone-tired and do everything to save lives; the soldiers, some of whom were born less than 20 years ago, risk themselves to save Americans and help refugees live better lives; first responders fight roaring fires and rising water to keep families safe. They represent the best in America and what can and should bring us together.

9/11 has reminded us of how so many Americans behave in extraordinary ways – not just in moments of great crisis, but every single day. Let's never forget that and never take it for granted.

9/11 has become a day of national reflection, and on this anniversary we must never forget the fallen, but we can also be inspired by their courage and strength.

Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.

Awards and professional memberships

Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association

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