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Kamala Harris called for looking to the future and strengthening U.S. alliances in her 9/11 commemorative speech.


The vice president was also with George W. Bush during the commemoration.

Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo / EFE

WASHINGTON – The vice president of EE.UU., Kamala Harris, asked this Saturday to look to the future and strengthen the alliances of the United States to pay tribute to those who fell in the attacks of September 11, 2001, during a speech on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the attacks.

“On this twentieth anniversary, on this solemn day of remembrance, we must accept the challenge of looking back, of remembering. For the sake of our children. And for that, we must also look forward, to the future, “said Harris during a speech at Shanksville (Pensilvania).

The Vice President attended, together with former President George W. Bush (2001-2009), the ceremony in memory of the 40 victims of United Airlines flight 93, which crashed into a field in that Pennsylvania town after 10 a.m. on September 11.

According to the official version, the passengers of the plane intervened to prevent the plane from serving to reach another objective in Washington, after learning that the terrorists had hijacked three other planes that crashed into the Twin Towers in New York and the building of the Pentágono en Arlington (Virginia).

“They fought for their own lives, and to save the lives of countless others in our nation’s capital. And today, I hope and pray that we continue to honor their bravery (…) by strengthening our common ties (within the country) and strengthening our global alliances, ”said Harris.

In the days that followed 9/11, the country remembered “That unity is possible in the United States”, and even that it is “an imperative”, he opined.

“It is essential to our shared prosperity, our national security and our role in the world. And when I speak of unity I do not mean uniformity “added.

Harris thus underlined the same message sent this Friday by President Joe Biden, who affirmed that unity is the “greatest strength” of the country, at a time of latent political tensions in the United States after the term of Donald Trump (2017-2021) .

Although Biden attended this Saturday commemoration ceremonies in the three places where the attacks took place Two decades ago, he made no statements at those events and preferred to express himself in a speech recorded on video and posted on his official Twitter account on Friday.

In his speech in Pennsylvania, Harris acknowledged that the death throes of 9/11 also demonstrated “How fear can be used to sow division” in the country, as demonstrated by discrimination against “Muslim or Sikh Americans because of their appearance or how they expressed their faith”.

The vice president and her husband, Doug Emhoff, were later scheduled to attend a ceremony honoring the victims of the Pentagon, where American Airlines Flight 77, that killed 184 people when it hit the western façade of that building twenty years ago today.

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